CITRONELLE, Ala. — The suspect in the killing of five people at a home in Alabama attacked them while they slept and then abducted his estranged girlfriend and an infant — both of whom were found alive, authorities said Sunday.

It could take investigators days to sort out the murder scene in Citronelle, a small town 30 miles northwest of Mobile. Authorities said the victims, including a pregnant woman, were found Saturday inside the home.

The crime was of a magnitude rarely seen in this corner of rural southern Alabama, Mobile County sheriff’s Captain Paul Burch said. ‘‘It’s unprecedented here.”

Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich said multiple weapons were used.


Derrick Dearman, 27, of Leakesville, Miss., was taken into custody after he walked into the sheriff’s office in Greene County in Mississippi, about 20 miles west of Citronelle, Burch said. Dearman was accompanied by his father, the Alabama sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Dearman has confessed to the crimes, Burch told the news site Al.com.

Associated Press