A four-year-old child and her 24-year-old mother are dead following a homicide in Newton today.

"This is always a stressful situation," said Eric Murphy, Chief of Police. "When you are dealing with a child who has been injured and killed, it is more of a stressful situation."

Newton Police was paged at 11:06 a.m. to 15 Roanoke Court for a reported double homicide. The street is filled with 16 rental properties, duplexes maintained by the Newton Housing Authority, located behind the Dollar General Store located on Old 81. 

When officers arrived, they found the girl and her mother dead. The girl died of stab wounds. Both she and her mother died in the bedrooms of their home. 

"This was not a random act, this was targeted," Murphy said. 

The names of the victims, and the name of the suspect, have not been released "due to the sensitivity of the case," Murphy said. 

He said the suspect is someone who lives in Newton, however law enforcement believes that the male suspect as left the Newton area. Police are unsure of what type of relationship the suspect had with the victims. He is a known person to law enforcement. Murphy said there is no threat to public safety at this time.

"We are working diligently to apprehend the suspect," Murphy said. 

An acquaintance of the deceased called 911 this morning. 

This is the first homicide in the city limits of Newton this year. This is the third multiple homicide in Harvey County, including a triple homicide in rural Newton, since October 2016. 

Also responding to the scene were members of the Harvey County Sheriff's Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol.