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Cops Say Ga. Dad Killed Two Kids, Stabbed Self in Surprise Twist

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- A gruesome attack that ended in the stabbing deaths of two small children and the critical wounding of a third took a bizarre turn Sunday when the principle witness in the case -- the boys' father -- became the prime suspect, police said.

Gwinett County Police say Elvis Noe-Garcia, the boys' father who called 911 last week to report his children's murder and said he too had been stabbed in the chest, actually committed the crime himself, perhaps in an effort to frame another man.

Now, 48 hours after Noe-Garcia's testimony landed Antonio Cardenas-Rico, 27, in jail, the two men have switched places. Noe-Garcia now sits in a solitary cell in Georgia's Gwinnett County Jail, and Cardenas-Rico is outside -- exonerated.

"I didn't do anything," Cardenas-Rico told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV, moments before his release from jail.

"Why is this happening to me? What I did to deserve this?" Cardenas-Rico asked.

And then, as if to answer his own question, said, "He set me up, so I wouldn't be with her," a possible reference to the boys' mother.

On Friday Noe-Garcia ran from his Lawrenceville, Ga., home, bleeding from wounds in his chest. While on the phone with 911, he ran to the garage of a neighbor and told the man there, "[Cardenas-Rico] killed my children."

At the time of Cardenas-Rico's arrest, police believed he was responsible for killing one-year-old Edward Garcia and his three-year-old brother, Bradley; wounding Bradley's twin, Joshua; and their father.

Police at the time were unsure how Cardenas-Rico knew the family, but believed he may have been the boys' mother's ex-boyfriend.

Now cops believe Noe-Garcia and the boys' mother were separated and the woman was dating Cardenas-Rico.

"Charges against our initial suspect were dropped," said Gwinnett County Police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith, "and made instead against the father, the man who first called 911 and claimed someone had tried to murder him and his kids."

Cops said they did not yet know why Noe-Garcia allegedly attacked his kids.

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Home Invasion Suspect Allegedly Kills Two Little Boys

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga.) -- Georgia police have arrested a man accused of a gruesome killing, allegedly stabbing to death two young children and seriously wounding another child and their father.

Antonio Cardenas Rico, 28, was arrested by Gwinnett County police early Thursday morning and charged with two counts of murder, after a heart-rending 911 call made by Elvis Garcia, the father or stepfather of the children.

Police say Rico knew the Garcia family, but they did not yet know the nature of their relationship.

Police say Garcia entered the family's basement apartment and allegedly stabbed to death two little boys, Edward Garcia, 1, and Bradley Garcia, 3.

After the attack, around 6:30 p.m., Elvis Garcia, 23, bleeding from a stab wound to his chest, called 911 from a cell phone and ran outside to a neighbor, police said.

"He killed my children," Garcia told neighbor Lewon Thomas, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"He wanted me to go back and see what happened," Thomas told the paper. "It was horrific."

Thomas said Elvis told him that Rico was the boys' mother's ex-boyfriend.

Police, however, could not confirm how Rico knew the family.

"He knew the family, but we don't know the exact nature of their relationship," Cpl. Jake Smith said.

Two of the children were declared dead at the scene, but another unidentified 3-year old boy was evacuated to a children's hospital in Georgia. Elvis Garcia was taken to the hospital by ambulance and is in "serious condition," Smith said.

Police have not identified the boys' mother, but said she was not at home at the time. She is, they said, being questioned by police.

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