Mom Admits to Stabbing Her Husband & 4 of Her Children to Death

Romero Family

A mother from Georgia has admitted to violently murdering her husband and four of her five kids. Thirty-five-year-old Isabel Martinez fatally stabbed her family two years ago, but it wasn't until Tuesday that she pleaded guilty but mentally ill to five counts of murder. 

  • Martinez entered her plea two years after she stabbed her family members during a brutal attack in 2017.

    According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Martinez picked up a knife on July 6, 2017, and stabbed her husband, 33-year-old Martin Romero, and all five of her children: Isabela Martinez, 10; Dacota Romero, 7; Dillan Romero, 4; and Axel Romero, 2. Her daughter Diana, then 9 years old, was the only survivor of the attack in the Gwinnett County mobile home.

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  • Diana later told police that her mother had started by stabbing the children as they slept.

    Romero allegedly tried to stop her, which is when she turned the knife on him. Diana added that her mother was not upset -- not screaming or crying -- during the attack, but once she heard her mother tell her that she would be "going to the sky to see Jesus." 

    Diana responded that she did not want to see Jesus. 

    Martinez then began cutting herself before calling 911 to report her actions. She initially confessed to the crimes but later changed her story and told investigators that a "family friend" committed the crime.

  • Family members have since explained that Martinez has mental health issues and that the death of her father brought her into a deep depression.

    The day after Martinez was arrested, she appeared happy and calm in court. Video of her initial hearing showed Martinez engaging in bizarre behavior; she smiled, gave a "thumbs up" sign in the courtroom, and at one point she even spread her arms wide and got to her knees to pray. She also told the judge that she didn't need a lawyer -- "my attorneys is the people" she told him through a translator.

    Now, two years after her arrest, Martinez has cited her mental health in her plea. In court on Tuesday, she pleaded guilty but mentally to five counts of murder. She also pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of cruelty toward children, which was a result of her attack on her surviving child, Diana.

    The mom admitted to committing the crime, but prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty because of her mental state. The judge gave her five life sentences plus 21 additional years of jail time. Martinez will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

  • As for Diana, a GoFundMe page created to help with funeral and medical expenses shared that the girl recovered and finally left the hospital. 

     As of its creation in 2017, the girl was living with her aunt and uncle "and is surrounded by medical professionals and a family who love and support her. She still has a lot of healing to do and it will be a long road but with time and help we know she will come back from this," the GoFundMe page notes.