Children find mom dead in apartment

A 35-year-old Chattanooga woman's children arrived home from school Wednesday to find their mother stabbed and beaten to death, police said.

Chandra Powell's 11-year-old son and her 15- and 16-year-old daughters found her body lying on the living room floor upon arriving home from school, Chattanooga police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval said.

Another child, an infant, was in a bedroom in a bassinet, Royval said.

She said police were called at 2:51 p.m. to the British Woods Apartments, 4417 Oakwood Drive, No. 1303.

Both young children were unharmed but transported to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital as a "precautionary measure," she said. Child Protective Services will determine where to place the children.

Police are treating the case as a homicide. Along with numerous stab wounds, Powell also had suffered blunt force trauma, Royval said.

There were no suspects as of Wednesday night, police said, but investigators are conducting interviews.

Royval said investigators are "certainly looking into" the case being a domestic assault, but "anything is a possibility at this time."

An autopsy is scheduled today.

The slaying is the second at the apartments in at least four months.

On June 29, Bernard Hughes, 46, was fatally shot as a result of a robbery. His friend, 45-year-old Timothy Westfield, was injured during the robbery when he was shot in the hand.