Man Reportedly Holding Children Hostage After Killing Their Mother

A tragedy is unfolding in New Jersey as reportedly a man is holding at least two children hostage. The tense hostage situation has been going on since last night when a man killed his 42-year-old girlfriend, Carmen Kelly, and one of her children. Carmen Kelly is the mother of five, and there are believed to be at least two children still being held hostage in the house, though possibly there could be more.

It started on Friday night when police entered the house in Trenton, New Jersey to find the decomposing body of a woman and a man brandishing a gun. Police reportedly withdrew and began negotiations with the man since he began threatening to harm the children.

Her oldest son, a 19-year-old autistic boy, is safe with relatives. Carmen also has two daughters, ages 17 and 14, and a son in his early teens and a 4-year-old boy. It's unclear which child was killed.

Police have surrounded the home and are desperately trying to convince the suspect, whose name hasn't been released, to surrender the remaining children in the house. I can't imagine what they are going through. They've just seen their mother and sibling killed and now a man that they probably know well is threatening to kill them. Original reports said that the man was the father of the children, but that appears to be false. In fact, Carmen's cousin said that she just met the man three months ago.

There are now at least four children motherless who have witnessed unbearable tragedy. And one child dead. We don't know enough facts yet to know what happened here, but it will be interesting to hear if the suspect has a criminal record. I'm not going to victim blame here, but yet, I wish that every mother was careful who she let around her children too. But some people come across as very charming at first and quickly degenerate. It's possible he lost it when she broke up with him. It's easy for us to judge not knowing the pair in question, and how the man presented himself.

Let's hope that the police are able to get the remaining children out safely.

Do you find yourself judging the mom when something like this happens?


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ssmit... ssmith6891

That's discusting people are insane. I just don't get the if your not going to be with me then you are not going to be with anyone.. Move on.


As single mothers we can't bring every man we meet around our children .I don't blame the mother she was feeling a void with 5 children you do want some me time and to spend that time with someone special he was just a coward the devil comes in all shapes and forms he preyed on this women.

Kaya Coupe-Cross

You said you can't say you aren't going to do something, then do it. You are victim blaming. It is like saying 'I'm not a racist, BUT *insert racist slur, comment, rant here*'.
Some men are just VERY good actors, and you don't know until far too late!

adopt... adoption2013

You don't know the situation so you have no right to judge her.  There are plenty of abusive pricks out there who don't have records.  Oh and Btw guys don't usually advertise their records and if they do admit to having one they lie.  A friend of mine was murdered by her spouse.  He had no record.  

Kadie Hunter

thank you kaya coupe-cross i thought the same thing when i read it im sooo sure everyone googles and gets a criminal record of everyone they have around there children give me a break im pretty sure every crazy bastard doesnt have a crimnal record

nonmember avatar 4under5

To clarify, he had an "extensive criminal record" including child endangerment and was also a sex offender. He is now dead and the children are safe. It was the womans 13 year old son that he murdered along with her. It all ended this morning.

nonmember avatar Prettypinkie

There is no Judging here cuz you just don't know the guy you are dating but I wouldn't take him never my children unless I was going seeing the GUY over a year an that's sometimes too soon but it is what it is . I feel for the kids to have seen everything go down in Front of them, I wish I could take it away the pain an hurt they must be feeling the poor kids my heart goes out to them all . What makes GUYS get to that Point that they really need to kill ? Or feel they need too I just don't understand it but then again I would never I guess. God Bless the others children I hope they will be ok.

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