Christina Treadway, a 34-year-old Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina mother, severely injurd her two children before comitting suicide. The children were pronounced dead shortly after the discovery of their mother's body.
“She was everything that a parent would want in a daughter,” Patricia Treadway, Christina's mother, said to WSOCTV. “She was kind. She raised her children right. Her children were her world ... I'm kind of at a loss for words because she was our life."
"We love those kids and this has by far been the worst day of my entire life," added Grandfather Greg Moore. "This is something no parent should have to go through."
The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday at around 5:30pm. Police had been responding to a call of a suicide when they discovered a woman's body on the interstate.
Officers used "key information" to trace the body back to a home on Sebastiani Drive, where the burtalized children, Iliyah Miller (3) and Isaiah Miller (7) were found. They were pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly thereafter. Specific information about the injuries that led to the deaths has not been released. No one was else was discovered to have been inside the home.
Police theorize that Treadway had killed the children before jumping off a bridge onto the highway below.
Christina Treadway worked as a Panthers' gameday employee; her motivation in the killing remains unclear.
“Obviously, that’s at the core of this investigation: What would cause someone to be so despondent to want to take their own life and take the lives of their children? But that’s going to be a key component of the investigation, and we're nowhere near ready to speak on that,” CMPD Maj. Mike Smathers said.
The Charlotte Observer notes that Treadway had frequently been seen posting pictures with her children on various social media accounts.
The father of the children has been located and is not being considered as a suspicious person pertaining to the case. Police are not currently searching for other suspects.
The death of the children are the third homicides in Charlotte to occur in 2018.
Anyone with more information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.