Father, 36, stabs his nine-year-old daughter to death before killing himself in murder-suicide in IllinoisPolice in Lake Villa, Illino
Father, 36, stabs his nine-year-old daughter to death before killing himself in murder-suicide in Illinois
- Police in Lake Villa, Illinois, found a nine-year-old girl and her 36-year-old father dead from murder-suicide on Thursday
- Officials revealed the child suffered from sharp-force wounds at the hands of her father, who then killed himself
- Girl’s mother agreed to let her stay with her father overnight on Wednesday; the parents live separately but share custody of the child
- When mother learned the girl had not been in school and she could not reach the father, she asked police to perform welfare check
An Illinois father stabbed his nine-year-old daughter to death and then took his own life in an apparent murder-suicide that occurred while the girl was spending the night at his home, police said.
Officers with the Lake Villa Police Department arrived at a residence in the 100 Briar Ridge Lane at 2.15pm on Thursday to perform a welfare check and found the 36-year-old man and his daughter dead.
A preliminary investigation has determined that the child’s mother and father live separately but share custody of the girl.
Police in Lake Villa, Illinois, arrived at this home on Briar Ridge Lane on Thursday to perform a welfare check and found a nine-year-old girl and her 36-year-old father dead inside
On Wednesday, the mother agreed to let her daughter stay with her father overnight.
The following day, the mother learned that her nine-year-old had not been in school. She made several attempts to contact the girl’s father, but was unable to reach him.
The woman then called the police, asking them to check on her daughter.
Police said that based on the facts and circumstances obtained so far, the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide. Investigators believe the father killed his daughter and then himself.
Lake County Major Crimes Task Force Spokesman Christopher Covelli said the girl had suffered what appeared to be sharp-force wounds, Covelli told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
Autopsies on the father and daughter were pending.
‘This is an incredibly tragic set of circumstance and our deepest condolences go out to the family of the child,’ Lake Villa Police Chief Craig Somerville said in the news release. ‘I want to reassure the Lake Villa community that there is no evidence to suggest there is a threat to the public.’