A mother of a 2 year old was found shot at a parking lot in a residential neighborhood in Fort Washington, Maryland. Her 2 year old child was sitting in her carseat in the back of their car, where she was also shot. The little girl was rushed to the hospital and died there.
“This is a profoundly sad day and my prayers go out to the family of the victims of this crime that frankly shocks the conscious,” Prince George’s County Interim Police Chief Hank Stawinski responded. Officers are calling it a double homicide.
“This is absolutely unacceptable, in any civilized community, that a child should be killed in this way,” State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks added.
The victims were identified as Neshanté Davis and her daughter Chloe, Fox 5 reports. Police said they found the woman with an apparent gunshot wound at the parking lot in a residential neighborhood in Fort Washington. She was pronounced dead.
According to Prince George’s County police, Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, of Forestville, admitted to their murders and was arrested Tuesday and charged with the double murder.
Boswell-Johnson has been charged with two counts of first-degree and second-degree murder. He will be held without bond.
Neighbors told WUSA9 that Davis was in a custody dispute over her daughter. Boswell-Johnson was ordered to pay out $600.00 a month in child support as ordered by a Prince George’s County judge.
According to charging documents, Boswell-Johnson waited for Davis to leave her condo before approaching her at gunpoint. Neighbors heard an argument and Boswell-Johnson was demanding that Neshante Davis drop the petition for child support payments. After arguing the neighbors heard three shots firing off.
Davis was an elementary school teacher in Capitol Heights at Bradbury Heights Elementary School. The school is helping people cope with the tragedy.
Davis’ pastor, Bishop Robert Pitts, said, “It’s not over yet. God has his eye on him. I believe justice will be served.”