A New Jersey man is facing murder charges in three slayings over the weekend in Newark, including the shooting death of the mother of his two children, authorities say.
Jeffrey Holland was arrested Monday night in connection with the slayings of 23-year-old Ashley Jones, 27-year-old Jarrell Marshall and 21-year-old Taniquah Rouse, Essex County prosecutor officials say.
Authorities allege that he shot and killed killed Jones and Marshall Saturday night at her home on Clinton Place, gunning down the mother and man just steps away from her three children, ages 1, 3, and 4. Authorities say that Holland fathered the youngest and eldest children.
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Afterward, authorities say that he abandoned the three children in the home. They were uninjured, but were taken to University Hospital and later placed in the care of family members and the state Department of Child Protection and Permanency.
Authorities say that Jones or Marshall had a restraining order against Holland at the time of her death.
The man also allegedly killed Rouse, at her home on Stratford Place on Friday night. Authorities say that she was found dead in the bathtub by a family friend and died from compressions to her neck.
The woman's 5-month-old child was found in a closet in the home.
Rouse and Holland's relationship was unclear.
Holland has been charged with multiple crimes, including three counts of murder, four counts of child endangerment, weapons charges and multiple other crimes.
Attorney information for Holland wasn't immediately available.