By WSB-TV2 Atlanta
RINGGOLD, Ga. —Police say a woman lured a mother to a northwest Georgia home, killed her and stole her children.
It took investigators at the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office a few days to figure out what they say really happened.
And even the sheriff himself told Channel 2’s Tom Jones that he’s shocked.
Police say on Friday Catherine Goins, 37, of Hixson Tennessee, shot Natalia Roberts, 30, of LaFayette, at her home on Smoketree Circle in Ringgold.
Investigators say Goins lured Roberts to the house under the pretense of giving her some clothes for her baby.
Investigators say the two had never met before, so it’s not clear how they got together.
Once inside the home, investigators say Goins shot Roberts in the back of the head.
After shooting the mom, Sherriff Gary Sisk says Goins took Roberts’ children, a 3-week-old baby and a 3-year-old, and left the house, which belonged to a one-time boyfriend.
Neighbors say they have never heard of something so bizarre.
“I know it’s a crazy world we live in,” neighbor Wylea Miller said. “It’s crazy. Absolutely crazy. I’m like, ‘If she wanted kids, adopt.’”
Sisk says Goins’ most-recent boyfriend had recently left her after learning she’d been lying to him.
“Catherine Goins had been living a ruse that she had been pregnant with her most recent boyfriend’s baby. But he had recently learned she was not pregnant and left her. Catherine Goins killed Natalia Roberts because she wanted her baby,” Sisk said. “She was going to come out and say it was hers.”
Investigators say Goins originally claimed Roberts was an intruder.
“She lured her there with the pretense that she wanted to give her some clothes for Robert’s newly born baby,” Miller said.
Goins is charged with murder, with more possible charges on the way. She is being held in the Catoosa County Jail.
The children are currently with other family members. Sisk says Goins has a child from a previous relationship.