Baby and mother appeared to have been stabbed to death

"Please tell she's not in there," says a woman looking on as Alabaster Police investigate the deaths of an 8-month-old baby and her 24-year-old mother at the Shelby Motor Lodge.{} "Is she in there?{} Just please tell me.{} Let me know, please!"

This woman says the{}oldest victim is her cousin, and others say the baby was born prematurely.{} Alabaster Police believe both the mother and the daughter died from multiple stab wounds at the hands of 34-year-old Terrace Paul Patterson.

"Anytime there is a murder it's tragic," says Deputy Chief Curtis Rigney, "but when you're talking about a baby, a defenseless child. It's unspeakable."

Unspeakable and hard to believe because relatives say Patterson is the father of the baby he is accused of killing, and the mother also leaves behind a two-year-old girl.

Alabaster Police have charged Patterson with capital murder, and they are still working on a motive, to answer the one question out of many that these relatives may have right now.. Why would a father kill his own child?

"We're still very early in the investigation," Rigney says.{} "We talked to a few witnesses.{} We've got a lot to do.{} We don't have a lot of details right now."

One woman told us that Patterson lived at the Motor Lodge alone, and that the woman brought the baby to see him.{} Alabaster Police would not confirm or deny the relationship between the three.