Georgia Mom Charged With Fatally Stabbing Her 2 Toddlers in Store Bathroom
Published November 30, 2007
A 22-year-old woman fatally stabbed her two children, 1 and 3, inside a convenience store bathroom Thursday, police said.
A worker at the Food Mart store in south Augusta told police she saw the woman enter the restroom with the two children, a boy and girl, and then heard a scream, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.
The worker called 911, and when deputies arrived they forced the door open and found the woman on the floor, holding a steak knife and covered in the children's blood.
Jordon Hawes, 1, and Shakayla Hawes, 3, were pronounced dead upon arrival at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.
Both died of multiple stab wounds to the chest, Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen said.
Jeanette Michelle Hawes was charged with two counts of murder and with possession of a knife during the commission of a crime. She was lodged in the Richmond County Jail. Personnel at the jail said they did not know if the woman had obtained an attorney, and other county officials could not be reached.
"Michelle went to the bathroom and I heard the children crying," store clerk Amanda Thomas told WAGT-TV.
A moment later, Thomas said, "I heard a different sound that didn't sound right. I went back there to get the door opened and I couldn't get it opened and I didn't hear anything."
Thomas and two other customers in the store said they weren't sure what to do when they heard the screaming, the television station said.
She said Hawes was a regular customer and seemed different when she entered the store Thursday.
"I felt something wasn't right about her. I had no idea she did anything to those kids," Thomsas said.
As police led her out, Thomas said Hawes appeared detatched.
"She wasn't crying. she didn't show any emotion," she said.
A witness, Sheila Langston, said she saw one of the children being removed in a bag.
`The mother didn't have any remorse. She wasn't crying, nothing," Langston said.
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Pit bull stabbed to death
News 12 at 11, November 26, 2007
Augusta, Ga. --- 13-year-old Elijah Hawes was playing with his pit bull Saturday night around 9:00 at his home on Bransford Road. The dog was on a chain in the front yard when the suspect, Ginger Arthurs, was walking by with her chow mix.
"The suspect in this case was walking her dog and at some point her dog broke free and charged the dog that was on the chain, those two dogs started to fight," Lt. Scott Peebles said.
Both owners tried to pull their dogs away from each other. Investigators said the suspect, Ginger Arthurs then pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the pit bull a number of times.
"I was just like 'whatcha stabbing my dog for?' and my god brother was trying to pull him away from her," Elijah Hawes said.
Elijah said he was shocked.
"My dog was so hurt he just let loose to the other dog and ran in the yard and died," Hawes said.
This incident report said Arthurs took her chow dog and ran to her apartment, where she was later taken into custody, and charged with cruelty to animals.
"She didn't have to go that far. She could've ran and called police, got help, or whatever," Jeanette Hawes said.
Jeanette Hawes said her brother was devastated.
"To actually hear my brother talk about what happened to his dog and it happened right here in front of him," Hawes said.
Elijah said he hated to see his dog die like that.
"I just can't see how a person can stab a dog to death. Like she wanted him to die because she kept stabbing him," Hawes said.