Father in custody, allegedly served time for murder
By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Police arrested a man who admitted to killing four children and injuring their mother early Sept. 21, because he believed the mother — his wife — was cheating on him.
Police received the phone call from the man — identified as Gregory V. Green — just after 1 a.m. and arrived at the house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street to find the man waiting on the porch.
He said that he had killed his family and that they were inside dead. Officers arrested the man without incident.
Two female children, ages 4 and 6, were found in their bedrooms and two older children — a 17-year-old female, identified as Kara Allen, and 19-year-old male, Chadney J. Allen — were found in the basement. It is believed that the 4-year-old and 6-year-old died from intentional carbon monoxide asphyxiation in a vehicle outside and then placed in the beds, according to published reports. Green forced the mother to watch while he shot the teens, according to published reports.
The man is the biological father of the two younger children and step-father of the two teens, police said.
The mother, Faith Green, suffered multiple injuries from gunshot wounds and slashing wounds to her face and throat area. She was taken to a local hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The man did not suffer any injuries as a result of the incident.
Officers attempted to revive the children before they were taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Both older siblings were bound and had multiple gunshot wounds, execution-style, according to published reports.
“The Wayne County Medical Examiner will be handling the autopsy for the children,” Dearborn Heights Sgt. Michael Petri said during a press conference at the Dearborn Heights Justice Center, 25637 Michigan Ave. “These incidents cannot be policed because they are usually family issues.”
State records show a 49-year-old man who is registered at a house in the 4400 block of Hipp Street who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1992, and paroled in 2008.
Dearborn Heights Police declined to confirm the man’s previous criminal history of the apprehended man.
“Nobody can prepare for a crime of this magnitude,” Petri said. “During my 30 years in Dearborn Heights I can’t remember anything like this.”
The motive for the incident remains unknown and officers declined to confirm if the man is speaking because of the impending investigation.
Mayor Daniel Paletko said during the press conference that the killings are devastating for the community.
“Incidents like don’t usually happen in Dearborn Heights,” he said. “It’s a rare occurrence and is difficult to understand the motive for the crime.”
Paletko also said the house was well kept and had no prior ordinance calls or neighbor issues.
Michigan State Police are assisting Dearborn Heights police in the investigation.
A warrant has been submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and an arraignment is planned for this week.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)