Child calls 911 during murder-suicide

CHARLES COUNTY – An adolescent child called 911 during a murder-suicide after hearing a disturbance between his parents in Charles County, officials say.

The Sheriff’s Office says the child reported hearing gunshots, and a 911 operator advised him to go into the basement to hide with his siblings.

Officers arrived at the 3400 block of Amberton Court in White Plains within minutes and took the children to safety. Officers checked the house and found the children’s parents dead in an upstairs bedroom.

Authorities say it appears the father shot his wife and then committed suicide.

The victim is 33-year-old Candace Carnathan and her husband is 33-year-old Calvin Carnathan.

Further investigation shows that the victim obtained a temporary protective order against her husband on January 26, which was served to him within an hour of receiving it by members of the CCSO Domestic Violence Unit.  In that protective order, the husband was ordered to vacate the house and have no contact with his wife or children. It is not immediately clear what prompted the victim to obtain a protective order.