georgia brothers charged attack on parents dnt_00003315.jpg
Facebook
georgia brothers charged attack on parents dnt_00003315.jpg
Now playing
01:31
2 brothers charged after brutal attack on parents
Facebook
Now playing
01:09
Police: Bulgarian journalist raped, murdered
Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas' capital city earlier this month. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP
Authorities are investigating the scene in East Austin, Texas, after a teenager was killed and a woman was injured in the second Austin package explosion in the past two weeks Monday, March 12, 2018. Authorities say a package that exploded inside of an Austin home on Monday is believed to be linked to a deadly package sent to another home in Texas' capital city earlier this month. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Now playing
02:05
Police: Deadly blasts in Texas connected
Spalding County Sheriff's Office
Now playing
01:28
Second killer pleads guilty in 1983 cold case
Frank Pomeroy, Wife AC360
CNN
Frank Pomeroy, Wife AC360
Now playing
05:55
Pastor's faith stronger after daughter's death
Left to right: Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa, Benjamin Mitchell and Ronald Felton. Tampa homicide victims
Tampa Police Department
Left to right: Anthony Naiboa, Monica Hoffa, Benjamin Mitchell and Ronald Felton. Tampa homicide victims
Now playing
01:21
Tampa killings suspect arrested
CNN HLN
Now playing
00:47
Man to gunman: Shoot at me, not kids
charlottesville gunshot aclu virginia von_00000907.jpg
charlottesville gunshot aclu virginia von_00000907.jpg
Now playing
01:25
Man charged with firing gun at protesters
This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said. (WTOV-TV via AP)
WTOV-TV /AP
This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio, shows Jefferson County, Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect was killed after a probation officer returned fire, officials said. (WTOV-TV via AP)
Now playing
00:52
Ambushed judge returns fire, suspect dead
FILE- In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Indian spiritual guru who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, center, greets followers as he arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new movie "MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart," in New Delhi, India. Several cities in north India were under a security lock down Thursday ahead of a verdict in a rape trial involving a controversial and hugely popular spiritual leader. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
Tsering Topgyal/AP
FILE- In this Oct. 5, 2016 file photo, Indian spiritual guru who calls himself Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Ji Insan, center, greets followers as he arrives for a press conference ahead of the release of his new movie "MSG, The Warrior Lion Heart," in New Delhi, India. Several cities in north India were under a security lock down Thursday ahead of a verdict in a rape trial involving a controversial and hugely popular spiritual leader. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal, File)
Now playing
01:37
Deadly clashes after guru convicted of rape
Isra Chaker
Now playing
01:22
Death of Muslim teen near mosque investigated
Twitter post captions: Police and ambulances on Hackney/Queensbridge Road, possible acid/petrol attack. Lots of @UberEATS @Deliveroo drivers rallied round
@sarah_cobbold/Twitter
Twitter post captions: Police and ambulances on Hackney/Queensbridge Road, possible acid/petrol attack. Lots of @UberEATS @Deliveroo drivers rallied round
Now playing
01:27
5 acid attacks in 1 night in London
Walla News
Now playing
01:34
Authorities: Teen killed for dating Muslim
KDVR
Now playing
00:49
Veteran killed after saving teens
KATC
Now playing
02:06
Questions linger in Louisiana man's death
Bucks County Sheriff's Office
Now playing
01:16
Two men charged in homicides of missing men

Story highlights

Two Atlanta-area brothers charged after parents attacked, stabbed

Dad distracted sons long enough for mom to call 911

Atlanta CNN —  

Two Atlanta-area brothers remained behind bars Thursday and charged with multiple felonies after police said they attempted to kill their parents over the weekend.

Yvonne Ervin was treated then discharged Tuesday from Gwinnett Medical Center. Her husband, Zachary Ervin, was being released from the same facility Thursday, according to hospital spokeswoman Beth Hardy.

The perpetrators, she told police, were their own children: 17-year-old Cameron and 22-year-old Christopher.

“(Yvonne Ervin) stated to our 911 operator that her sons were trying to kill her and her husband,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told CNN.

Teen killed in Maryland shootout; parents later found dead

But quick thinking from both mother and father enabled Yvonne to briefly escape from their sons long enough to call for help.

Yvonne Ervin called 911 and reported that she and husband Zachary were being attacked by their own sons.
WSB; Gwinnett County Police/Facebook
Yvonne Ervin called 911 and reported that she and husband Zachary were being attacked by their own sons.

Yvonne Ervin “told the 911 operator that (her husband) had distracted the sons and that she was able to call,” Gwinnett County Police Sgt. Rich Long told CNN. “That was probably the lifesaving move from this event.”

When police arrived at the Ervins’ home in this northeast Atlanta suburb of about 19,000 people, “Zachary came out of the garage and collapsed,” Long said. “He had a lot of head and body injuries from blunt force trauma and stab wounds on his back.”

3-year-old boy shoots father, pregnant mother in New Mexico

Yvonne Ervin “had blunt force trauma, but not as severe as the father,” Long said.

Gwinnett County Police booking photos of brothers Cameron, 17,  left, and Christopher Ervin, 22, arrested and charged with aggravated assault and arson in an alleged attack against their parents Yvonne and Zachary Ervin.
WSB/Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office
Gwinnett County Police booking photos of brothers Cameron, 17, left, and Christopher Ervin, 22, arrested and charged with aggravated assault and arson in an alleged attack against their parents Yvonne and Zachary Ervin.

Police said the sons – both of whom lived at home with them, according to CNN affiliate WSB – were at the house when officers arrived, and the two were immediately arrested.

As brutal as the attack sounds, that wasn’t the full extent of it, according to police. The sons also plotted to burn the home down, and had “introduced natural gas into the house,” Long said.

Police: Florida teen killed parents with hammer, hosted house party

Christopher and Cameron Ervin have each been charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault and two felony counts of first degree arson, according to Long.

“There is no official motive at this point, but there has to be something more to this. I’m sure they didn’t just wake up and decide to kill their parents yesterday,” Long said on Sunday.

WSB reported the brothers were to be appointed defense attorneys Sunday, but it was not immediately clear if that had happened or who the attorneys are. Long said both suspects are expected to be in court at some point this week.

CNN’s Carma Hassan and Tony Marco contributed to this report