Police: 8-Year-Old Child Witnesses Parents’ Murder-Suicide
A man killed his girlfriend and then took his own life on Sunday and the murder-suicide was witnessed by the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Orlando police say.
Investigators arrived at Stag Horn Villas on Silver Star Road, to find 47-year-old Donald Stephenson and 41-year-old Nicholette White lying on the floor of an apartment.
Both Stephenson and White were taken to a local area hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Investigators have not released details on how the pair died, but detectives were responding to a “cutting” when they went to the apartment at 4650 Stag Horn Drive around 5:30 p.m.
According to news reports, Stephenson slashed White’s throat during an argument on Sunday, then did the same thing to himself.
Police say, Stephenson and White were not married, but the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, who witnessed the incident, went to a neighbor’s apartment in the complex and reported what she had seen. That’s when the neighbor went to Stephenson and White’s apartment and called 911.
The couple’s daughter is in the care of family members, police say, and the Department of Children and Families has been notified.
This murder suicide marks the start of Domestic Violence Awareness month beginning today, October 1st, and is the third in a serious of similar incidents over the last several weeks in Orlando.