Banita Jacks a mother of four is being held in the connection of their deaths in their Washington, D.C., home.
According to Medical Examiner Marie-Lydie Pierre-Louis, the bodies were in the home for as many as 15 days based on the insects that were also found there.
Washington, D.C. Mayor, Adrian Fenty remarked, “I don’t think anyone in the city can remember a case involving this many young people who have died in such a tragic way.”
Former Mayor and present councilman Marion Barry who represents the poverty riddled neighborhood where Jacks and her four daughters resided stated, “Some systems have failed somewhere.”
U.S. Attorney Jeff Taylor said Jacks faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison on each count if convicted. A maximum penalty of life in prison without parole is also a possibility.