Brutal Terrytown Hammer Attack: Sleeping Children Couldn't Fight Back

What kind of monster does something like this!?

Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Ayden Riley, 10, De’ryona Encalade, 9, Adrianna Riley, 12, and Nashawna Riley,14, never even had a chance to fight back when Terrance Leonard used a hammer to beat each child as they lay in their beds on Tuesday night.

Officials found no signs of struggle or defensive wounds that might indicate the children shielded themselves from their attacker. Blunt-force trauma to the heads was all investigators found after the fatal attack.

Deputy Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Granville Morse said, “This is the most horrific thing I’ve never seen. It was a complete ambush on the kids.”

But, according to investigators, 33-year-old Leonard wasn't done yet. Waited quietly in the dark for his girlfriend, Kristina Riley, 32, the mother of three of the children, so he could attack her. 

Leonard was arrested Wednesday night and booked with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder and obstruction of justice. Authorities say he confessed to the “gruesome” murders.

Currently Adrianna and Nashawna Riley are in critical condition. They're the only two individuals who survived the attack. 

Leonard’s mother is the person who called 911. Authorities believe Leonard left the apartment and then came back with his mom so he could “discover” the bodies with her in an effort to create an alibi.

So far investigators have no discovered the motive for the attack.

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