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2 children dead, 3 injured at Germantown home

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GERMANTOWN, Md. -
Police in Montgomery County are trying to figure out what led to the deaths of two young children inside a Germantown townhome on Friday.  Investigators say two other children and a woman were also injured, and another woman was taken into custody at the scene.

MCPD spokesman Jim Daly told FOX 5's Bob Barnard that officers were called to the home in the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive around 9:30 a.m. after a neighbor thought they saw blood outside a car with an open door, a knife laying on the ground and the keys in the ignition.  When police went inside, Daly says one woman fled out the back of the townhouse, but she was quickly taken into custody for questioning.  

Inside the townhome, police found the bodies of the two children-- a 1-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl-- in an upstairs bedroom, and they also found the woman and two other children--a 5-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy-- injured.  They were taken to a local hospital to be treated, and they were said to be improving Friday night.

Daly said the woman who was taken into custody was being questioned at Montgomery County Police Headquarters.  Detectives say one of the women is a 28-year-old mother of all four children.  The other woman, who is 21 years old, is not believed to be a family member but is believed to have lived at the home.  No names have been released, but both women are being called persons of interest.

Neighbors told FOX 5 were stunned by the news of Friday's tragedy. 

Police also said they were called to the same home on Thursday night after a neighbor called 911 when he saw a child left unattended in the back of a car.  They said two women confronted the neighbor while he was on the phone with 911, and took the child back inside the house.   When officers arrived, no one answered the door, and they heard nothing inside.  Police called to send Montgomery County Child Protective Services out to the home Friday.

Neighbors told FOX 5 they heard loud noises coming from the home overnight.

Germantown Elementary School's principal sent a letter home with students explaining that there had been an incident near the school, but that no students were in danger at any time.

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