A Maryland father reportedly confessed to lying in wait for his 2-year-old daughter and the child’s mother outside their home Tuesday before shooting each of them multiple times, according to court documents, NBC Washington reports.
Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, was charged Wednesday with the murders of 26-year-old elementary school teacher NeShante Davis and their daughter, Chloe Davis-Green. The mother and daughter were shot dead around 7 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Washington, Md.
Boswell-Johnson reportedly became angry over the $600 monthly child support payment that he had been ordered to pay, the news station notes, after he was identified as Chloe’s father in December through a DNA test that was part of a paternity suit.
“This is another tragic case of domestic violence,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said. “These are issues that have to be resolved in our families, in this community.”
Boswell-Johnson, who was arrested Tuesday, waived his Miranda rights and gave a statement to Prince George’s County police, confessing to the crime. The 25-year-old detailed that he drove to Davis’ home, parked down the street and then waited for her to leave the building. Boswell-Johnson said that he approached Davis with a gun, demanding that she drop the petition that he pay her $600 per month in child support, before shooting her and the toddler multiple times.
According to NBC Washington, witness statements and surveillance video footage corroborate the confession. Boswell faces two counts each of first- and second-degree murder and is expected to be held without bond.
“Who can shoot a child?” Melonie Parker, a friend of Davis’, said to the news station. “How could you look a child in their face and shoot a child? I don’t understand.”
“Why? You didn’t have to shoot her or my grandbaby,” Carolyn Turner, Davis’ mother, added.
Davis was a second-grade teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights. Counselors were at the school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the tragic loss.
Read more at NBC Washington.