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