Monday, October 1, 2012

Dad murders mom in front of their 8-year-old daughter (Orlando, Florida)

The killer dad is identified as DONALD STEPHENSON.

Police: Child witnesses parents' murder-suicide

Police say Donald Stephenson killed Nicholette White, then himself in front of the couple's 8-year-old daughter.

By Margaret Kavanagh, Reporter

Last Updated: Monday, October 01, 2012 @ 12:20PM

ORLANDO -- Just hours before Domestic Violence Awareness month began, Orlando police said an 8-year-old girl witnessed her father brutally attacking her mother and then kill himself.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4600 block of Stag Horn Drive in Orlando when police were called to the Stag Horn Villas for a report of a "cutting".

Police said the girl saw 47-year-old Donald Stephenson attack her mother, 41-year-old Nicholette White, and commit suicide.

They think the little girl witnessed the attack and went to get help from a nearby neighbor, who called 911.

Police said when they arrive on the scene, they found the two adults with serious injuries on the floor of the home.

They both later died at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

People who live in the Stag Horn community said they are disturbed by what’s happened and extremely worried about the girl's well-being.

One woman, who did not want her name used, said she consoled the little girl minutes after the horrible incident.

She said, “I have not sleep all night," the woman said. "I have been twisting and turning all night. I can’t picture, imagine someone going through something like that. ” Police said the young girl is staying with relatives and DCF has been notified.

According to police, the couple was not married.