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WIS Year in Review: Family murdered in Greenwood

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Chandra Fields and Bryan Sweatt with their 7-month-old daughter (Source: Facebook) Chandra Fields and Bryan Sweatt with their 7-month-old daughter (Source: Facebook)

Just days before Halloween, a man killed five people and then himself inside a home in Greenwood.

Neighbors say Chandra Fields and her family, including her infant daughter, were happy.

"They seemed just like a happy family to me," said Rosetta Jennings. "The other day I passed by and saw the gentleman going to the mailbox and he waved."

But on the evening of October 29th, 911 operators in the area received a call from a neighbor who was shaken by what she was told was happening next door.

"I just got 4 kids at my door that say somebody just killed their mama locked in this house," the neighbor told dispatchers. "There are two other children in the house. Asa is 6, 9. He's so small. And Tariq is 11."

About that same time another call was placed,  from inside the fields home.  It was Bryan Sweatt, Chandra's estranged boyfriend. Investigators think he broke in and waited for the Fields family to get home.

"I need an officer on Callison Highway," Sweatt told the 911 dispatcher. "I'm just stressed out and about to take my life."

Soon after that call police discovered the bodies of Sweatt, Fields, her parents and her two nephews, aged 9 and 11.

"It is my understanding that was part of the problem, was custody, a lack of having access to the child, seven month old girl," said Greenwood County Sheriff Tony Davis.

The child survived. She was taken next door by one of the children who showed up at the neighbor's door.

Sweatt was out on bond for burglary charges at the time of the murder-suicide and that has state lawmakers now working to pass tougher legislation.

"If you're out on bond, which you have a right to be out on bond while you're awaiting trial, if you continue to commit violent offences and you continue to get convicted, then you're looking at serious time," said Sumter Senator Thomas McEleveen.

The 2014 Legislative session begins January 14th.

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