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Woman accused of fatally stabbing husband, 4 children appears in court

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Isabel Cartuna Martinez (Source: Gwinnett County police) Isabel Cartuna Martinez (Source: Gwinnett County police)

A woman accused in the fatal stabbing of her husband and four of their five children at their home in Loganville appeared in court Friday morning. Another child was hospitalized and is currently in serious but stable condition.

Isabel Cartuna Martinez, 31, appeared in court and her strange actions prompted the judge to advise her not to "put on a display to the cameras".

During her appearance, Martinez smiled, extended her arms and gave a thumbs up to cameras. She also knelt down on the floor before a bailiff ordered her to sit back down. She was charged with six felony counts of aggravated assault and 10 counts of felony murder.

She is expected to appear in court again on Thursday, July 20 at 8:30 a.m.

This all comes after officers were called to the family home on Emory Lane in Loganville on July 6, just before 5 a.m. for a stabbing call. When they arrived on scene, they found the man, identified as 33 year-old Martin Romero and four children deceased. 

The children killed were identified as 10-year-old Isabela Martinez, 7-year-old Dacota Romero, 2-year-old Axel Romero and 4-year-old Dillan Martin-Romero. The fifth child who was taken to the hospital has been identified as 9-year-old Diana Romero. Diana remains in serious but stable condition at the hospital.

Gwinnett County police say the victims were stabbed to death.

Martinez was taken into custody and is being held in the Gwinnett County jail without bond. 

Neighbor details problems

Neighbor Letty Perez tells CBS46 News that Martinez had recently lost her father and the family had only lived in the home for about a month after moving to Georgia from Illinois.

"She says her dad passed away months ago," said Perez. "I think she was in a depression. You can tell when somebody doesn't like their kids. They will scream or yell but she wasn't like that. She was a nice mom."

Click here to a link to the family's Gofundme page.

Watch interview with Officer Michele Pihera

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