Neighbor Arrested After Girls Were Murdered in Maryland

Prince George's County police are investigating the deaths of three juveniles, aged five to nine, who were found dead in a house by a relative early on Friday morning
  • Three girls were found dead inside of a home in Clinton, MD., Friday morning
  • Police arrested neighbor Antonio Williams, 24, late on Friday night 
  • It isn't clear how the girls died but police said they suffered 'trauma to the body'
  • The young girls were all under the age of 10, ages ranging from five to nine
  • Police described the scene inside the family home as 'gruesome'
  • Officers who responded and found the bodies have been offered counseling 

A neighbor has been arrested in connection with the gruesome murders of three young girls under the age of 10 who were found dead inside a Maryland home.

Antonio Williams, 24, was taken into custody by local police late on Friday night.

Williams lives on Brooke Jane Drive, which is the same street as the home the three little girls were found dead in that morning in Clinton, Maryland.

The bodies were found by an adult family member who then called the police. 

Exactly how the young girls, who were between the ages of five and nine, died is not clear, but police said they had experienced 'trauma to the body'.

Antonio Williams, 24, was arrested in connection with the murder of  the three girls. He lives on the same street that the bodies were found

Antonio Williams, 24, was arrested in connection with the murder of  the three girls. He lives on the same street that the bodies were found

Video courtesy of WJLA 

Two of the victims were from Newark and were on vacation in Maryland, according to sources speaking to RLS Metro Breaking News. 

'We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children and who killed them,' police department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said. 'We have not determined who the person responsible is yet,' she said. 

Firefighters arrived and pronounced the children dead.

In a news conference with reporters police described the scene inside the home as 'gruesome'.

'This is one of the the most difficult scenes that our officers arrived on,' Donelan said, adding that the neighborhood where the children were found was quiet. 

State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, said: 'We are absolutely heartbroken and we are so absolutely devastated.'

'We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children and who killed them,' police department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said (pictured) 

'We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children and who killed them,' police department spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said (pictured) 

Police did not release the children’s ages or their relationships. It is reported two of the girls were visiting from Newark

Police did not release the children’s ages or their relationships. It is reported two of the girls were visiting from Newark

The children's names, ages and relation to one another has not yet been explained.

Relatives of the victims are being contacted and counseling has even been offered to officers who responded and found the bodies. 

An extensive investigation is underway.

Another press conference is expected at 11am on Saturday.  

A relative discovered all three with 'trauma to the body' at the home in a quiet residential neighborhood of single family homes 

A relative discovered all three with 'trauma to the body' at the home in a quiet residential neighborhood of single family homes 

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