published Friday, October 29th, 2010

Slain mother's children put in state custody

Bundles of used yellow crime-scene tape sat in chairs on the stoop of an Oakwood Drive apartment Thursday morning, a day after a mother of five was found dead by her children.

Chattanooga police said Thursday they are investigating the death of Chandra Powell, 35, as a homicide. Her body was at the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office awaiting an autopsy that is scheduled for today, authorities said.

Investigators' initial reports Wednesday showed multiple stab wounds and blunt force trauma, police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval said in a release.

Police said Powell's older children found her body on the floor of the British Woods apartment when they arrived home from school Wednesday afternoon.

Powell had two daughters, age 15 and 16, and two sons, age 11 and 7, as well as a 2-week-old daughter. The infant was found unharmed in a bassinet, police said.

Department of Children's Services spokesman Rob Johnson confirmed that all five children were in department custody Thursday afternoon.

Royval said Powell was single and moved to Chattanooga a little more than a year ago, Royval said.

Hamilton County court records did not show that Powell had signed any orders of protection, commonly known as restraining orders and often a sign of domestic turmoil.

Lt. Kirk Eidson, head of major crimes, said Powell's family had been contacted in Indiana and were traveling to Chattanooga.

The death marks the 16th homicide in Chattanooga this year.

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ceeweed said...

Godspeed to police in solving this crime. These 5 children are going to need help on so many levels. Empathy for these kids and there loss leaves me hurting and longing. Longing for a peace that passes understanding.

October 29, 2010 at 8:43 a.m.
rolando said...

Five kids and no father(s) to keep them together as a family? More wards of the state to grow up alone in a government creche. God help them.

When will women learn (since they always seem to be the ones caring for their kids)?

October 29, 2010 at 3:56 p.m.
author_unknown said...

@ rolando, your comment is as ignorant as you are. I am one of Chandra's friends from Indiana. I have known her and her family for 23 years. You have no idea what happened to the kids father so keep your stupid, useless comments to yourself. Chandra was an EXCELLENT mother and her kids saw her go through college to become a nurse. Her oldest has a job and maintained honor roll. The kids have family and won't be "wards of the state" I know that these kids will be just fine. Too bad this person didn't find you instead.

October 29, 2010 at 10:05 p.m.
copeland04 said...

@ Rolando: These children will not be in state's custody or "wards of the state" for long and they will not be growing up alone. I know for fact that there are several family members who love them very much and want nothing more than to take care of all of them. They have been through hell and the last thing they need right now is ignorant comments directed towards their mother or them. Chandra was a great mother and lived for her children. Those kids always came first no matter what. She gave everything for her kids. These kids are truely blessed to have such a wonderful mother who loved them as much as she did.

November 1, 2010 at 5:04 p.m.
cooper said...

these kids are gona need support! not hear stupid people trying to put there mother down because the fathers are not right there .the rate of divorce is high that does not mean the mother is to blame, nothing last for ever for everyone! the focus needs to be on the kids and other family membeers that have suffered a great loss i do not know chandra but i do know and love some of her other family members and my heart goes out to you!! you know who you are and i love yas. lets just keep her kids and other family in our prayers and hope they catch the bas.... that did this senceless crime and just let her family have him so the tax payers dont have to support him

November 1, 2010 at 7:37 p.m.

@rolando you have no f#$%ing idea who my sister was or the kind of person she was. and for you to write sh$t about her and my family. I bet you feel real brave infront of a computer, but i bet your coward A$$ wouldn't say that sh!t infront of me. Because I promise you the feeling of brave would never enter your head again. maybe you should not comment on things or people you have no F@#&ing idea about and leave my family alone to deal with what has happened. because KARMA is a B#@!H you should really take a sec. and think before you say anything else in life. IT might save you from looking like a worthless piece of sh!t. better yet just dont say anything else ever again. your wasting good oxygen that someone who has something worth saying up.

November 3, 2010 at 11:53 p.m.
rolando said...

I don't recall saying a thing against Ms. Powell. You read much into a short comment. She kept her family together in today's world...where were you?

Exactly where in the article does it state ANYTHING about a family? If you care so much, why are the children in state custody?

Obviously, someone out there thought little of Powell...little enough to murder her.

Are you all in contact with the police, providing detailed info about Powell's possible enemies and her past contacts? Of did you even know she had an enemy? Why was she so evidently alone here in Chattanooga? Where were all you "family" in her time of need?

The article leaves much unreported...

November 4, 2010 at 6:43 a.m.
author_unknown said...

rolando, Your entire comment was degrading to Chandra, and your pathetic miniscule mind is still conjuring up comments that are degrading her! Yes the article lacks detail...SO WHAT! WORRY ABOUT YOUR OWN LIFE!

FYI: The children are in state custody because SEVERAL family members have requested custody. Legally nobody could just take the children. (duh)

" Obviously, someone out there thought little of Powell...little enough to murder her." YOU'RE AN IDIOT. I STILL THINK THE KILLER SHOULD HAVE FOUND YOU INSTEAD. The world is full of deranged people who kill innocent people every day. Chandra didn't have enemies. Some sick individual decided to take her life. How do you know that they thought little of her? How do you know that it was not a complete stranger? My point is that you don't know, so why waste your time and thoughts making such hurtful, stupid comments? Chandra is someone's daughter, sister, mother, and friend. Chandra was a nurse. She cared for hurt, sick people in such a loving way. She loves God, and brought her children up to love and fear God do you think that YOU have any right to judge her? You are judging her with your comments.

Not that you need to know, but she wasn't alone in Chattanooga.

rolando, is it true that ignorance is bliss?

November 4, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
copeland04 said...

Everything you have said has been degrading to Chandra and the family. You need to keep you mouth shut about things you don't know about. Her family has always been there when she needed them. And yes, she kept her family together because she didn't need anyone else to do it for her. She was a very strong, independant woman who didn't need to rely on anyone else to take care of her or her children.

The article don't state where the family was, because they don't get all the information up front....DUH!! If you are following this story, you will see that another article states that family is coming from Indiana. As far as the why the children are in state custody, do you know nothing? Because no one thought this would ever happen, and these things can not be predicted, there is nothing we can do. The children did not have a LEGAL guardian when they lost their mother so the state has to take them into custody. And there are several family members that have requested custody of the children.

"Obviously, someone out there thought little of Powell...little enough to murder her."

Are you really that ignorant to think someone has to think little of someone else to murder them? Chandra was a great mother, friend, sister, aunt, a great person in general. I don't think anyone could have thought little of her for any reason. The person that did this is a monster, who has no soul. I agree with author_unknown, I think they should have found you instead.

Chandra did not have any enemies!!! She was a loving, caring person to everyone she met. There is NO reason anyone had to murder her. She cared about everyone she knew, including those she didn't know. She was not alone in Chattanooga. Not that it is your business, but she has one of her closest friends in Chattanooga with her. She was home alone at the time when she was attacked. Just because the article states that she was single, does not mean she was there alone. How in the heck do you get that she was there alone?

"Where were all you "family" in her time of need?"

YOU ARE A MORON FOR EVEN ASKING THIS QUESTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If anyone knew what was going on, the family would have been there to stop it. No one could have known this was going to happen. No one could have predicted any of this. Chandra was taken from us by a monster who thought they had no other choice than to murder her. She was taken from this world, her children, and her family and friends before it was her time to go. She had so much more life inside her, more love to give, more lessons to teach her children.

And if you know anything about the news, you should know that they do not report everything, especially in a murder investigation.

November 5, 2010 at 11:25 a.m.

take your time and read this so maybe your brain can grasp it. since you are so f#$@ing ignorant MY SISTER HAD NO ENEMIES!!! do i need to repeat it or did it actually sink in. has it ever crossed your stupid a$$ that it could have been random. And where was? I taking care of my wife and kids. But if I knew something was wrong or something was going on. I would have been there and the outcome would have been different I promise. I care for all of my family and would die for any of them.

Obviously, someone out there thought little of Powell...little enough to murder her. You know I wish you was here. just to see if you have the balls to say things like to me or infront of me. and maybe the person who has done this, but nobody else everyone loved my sister. she was a very caring person. but you know something else the person who has done this. will get theirs. there are two things you just dont do hurt women or children. he will have to watch over his shoulder for the rest of his life wondering when is the attack going to happen. and before your stupid a$$ tries no I was never in. everybody knows the rules.

and the article leaves several things unreported" really are you that f@#$ing stupid. here let me slow it down for you. they are still in the middle of trying to solve her murder. What do you purpose tell the world every damn detail about everything so the person who has done this knows as much as the cops.

I think the world needs to cleanse itself with this disease called ignorance. that way people like you would be knock off of this earth. or how about this throw your into the wall head first untill common sense comes to you.

so did you understand this or are you still trying to grasp it. so I hope you go f$#@ yourself and wish only harm and karma to you.

I hope when it hits you, you look back at this and wish you would have read the article and moved on or just had wished the family luck anything but what you had put.

November 6, 2010 at 2:32 a.m.

what you think after something like this you can just go in and say well i am taking all the kids and there is nothing anybody can do about it. your stupid and maybe something like this should happen to you for you to realize how things have to happen.

November 6, 2010 at 2:35 a.m.
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