Prince George’s County police announced on Tuesday morning that the bodies of a teacher and her two-year-old toddler were found with fatal gunshot wounds outside of a Pinewood Hill condo building in Fort Washington, Maryland.
The shooting happened around 8:30 a.m., and officers responded to a call regarding gunshots on Palmer Road where the victims were visiting a relative. The woman, 26-year-old Neshante Alesha Davis body was found in the parking lot while the body of her toddler, Chloe Nichole Davis-Green was discovered in Davis’ car, still in her car seat. The Washington Post reported that upon arrival, the officers found both the woman and the child still alive, but the mother was later pronounced dead at the scene of the crime. The toddler’s gunshot wounds were slightly less serious, but no less fatal, and after being transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, the toddler was also pronounced dead.
A press conference was held by police officials after the violent crime, wherein they expressed anger and grief about the double homicide with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks stating that is “absolutely unacceptable in any civilized society that a child should be killed in this way.” Officials have vowed to do everything they can to apprehend the responsible party. The police did maintain that as the investigation is ongoing, there is a limited amount of information which they can provide to the public but advised an autopsy will, of course, be conducted to determine the exact number of gunshot wounds that the woman and toddler suffered from.
Interim police Chief Hank Stawinski has called the murder of the mother and child a “profoundly sad day,” and assured the public that detectives are “actively pursuing leads.”
Davis was a second-grade teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Maryland and WUSA9 reported that neighbours of the gunshot victim have said that Neshante Davis was in the middle of a custody battle for little Chloe Davis-Green. The school released a statement regarding the death of one of their teachers where they mentioned that crisis teams will be available to help students deal with the news of the murder.
“All of us at Prince George’s County Public Schools is deeply saddened by the loss of NeShante Davis and her young child. Crisis teams are available at the school for all of our students, staff and their families as long as they need it. The district will do all it can to support the school community at Bradbury Heights Elementary School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of NeShante Davis.”
The police actually informed the public of the tragic news via their Twitter account, and later released the names o the victims in the same manner. According to reports, officials have taped off nearly the entire lot of Pinewood Condos where the crime occurred and have launched an in-depth investigation into the shootings, where it will be investigated as a double homicide. Thus far investigators have not identified a suspect or given a motive for the shocking murders. Police are asking that are anyone with information on the double homicide call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text PGPD at CRIMES (274637) or anonymously report tips online through Crime Solvers.
A prayer vigil for Neshante Davis and Chloe Davis-Green is scheduled to be held at the Community Temple Bible Way Church in Cheverly, Maryland at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday night.
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