The Atlanta police fatally shot a woman Monday when she didn't heed to their orders to stop stabbing her daughter, according to a report on CBS News.

Police spokesman Maj. Keith Meadows said police and fire rescue were called to the scene when a neighbor told them the woman's 8-year-old son had been thrown out of a window.

Witnesses informed the police that the woman was alone inside the house with her young daughter who, the police said, was between the ages of 2 and 5. Authorities barged into the northwest Atlanta home and found the woman seated in a chair stabbing the toddler.

Two armed officers ordered the mother to stop stabbing the child, and they fired 10 to 16 shots when she didn't comply with their order. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m.

The girl died of stab injuries while the 8-year old boy was hospitalized.

Authorities were yet to determine the motives behind the attacks on the children.

Charles Harris, a neighbor, citied the family's financial problems as reason for the brutal assaults. He believed that the woman was delirious, saying, I think she just snapped because she was by my house yesterday, saying nine demons came out of her, that she had been possessed.

Spokesman Carlos Campos said officers involved in the gunfire would be placed on routine administrative leave during investigation.