The man accused of killing his 2-year-old daughter and her mother had recently been involved in a child support case and was ordered to pay $600 a month, News4 has learned.
Daron Boswell-Johnson was charged with murder Wednesday morning in the deaths of NeShante Davis, 26, a beloved elementary school teacher, and the couple’s daughter, Chloe Davis-Green.
The mother and daughter were shot outside their townhouse at about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
Boswell-Johnson was confirmed to be Chloe’s father in December through a DNA test conducted as part of a paternity suit, sources said. He was then ordered to pay Davis $600 a month in child support.
Prince George’s County Interim Police Chief Hank Stawinski said Wednesday that Boswell-Johnson has admitted his involvement in the killings.
Davis and her little girl were found shot in the parking lot of their townhouse in the 1300 block of Palmer Road in Fort Washington, Maryland, after a witness said he heard yelling and then multiple gunshots.
Davis’ body was found right away, next to her car, Prince George’s County Police said. The injured toddler then was spotted through the tinted windows of her mother’s blue Chevrolet.
Chloe was rushed to a hospital, where she died.
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Davis was a second-grade teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, according to the school’s website. She worked for years as a teacher’s aide at the school and was in the middle of her first year teaching after recently graduating from Bowie State University.
Davis likely was headed to drop Chloe off at day care and then head to work when they were shot, school officials said.
A friend of Davis’ for more than a decade, Melonie Parker, said at an emotional service Tuesday night that she was heartbroken.
“Who can shoot a child?” she asked. “How could you look a child in their face and shoot a child? I don’t understand.”
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Davis’ mother, sister and other loved ones mourned their deaths at Community Temple Bibleway Church in Cheverly, Maryland. Members of the crowd prayed and cried together.
“I’m going to miss her. And Chloe,” the toddler’s grandmother, Carolyn Turner, said, unable to speak any longer.
Investigators searched for evidence at the crime scene for hours Tuesday, with the county’s acting police chief and chief prosecutor on hand to ensure nothing was overlooked.
“This is absolutely unacceptable in any civilized community that a child should be killed,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said Tuesday. “We are absolutely enraged.”
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On the scene, Stawinski told reporters Tuesday that investigators were pursuing viable leads.
“This is a profoundly sad day, and my prayers go out to the family for a crime that, frankly, shocks the conscience,” he said.
A parent at the school where Davis taught, Tiffany Byrd, said Tuesday afternoon she was preparing to speak with her son about why he would not see his teacher again.
“I have no idea how he’s responded knowing she won’t be back now and he’ll have a new teacher,” she said.
“Miss Davis was awesome. She really, really helped him to improve a lot,” Byrd said, saying her son had struggled at another school but earned all As and Bs since entering Davis’ class.
The father of a student at the school wiped away tears as he spoke about Davis.
“It really hurt me. The school called this morning,” Erik Hines said. “Miss Davis was an excellent teacher.”
Counselors were available at the school Tuesday to help students and staff members coping with the tragedy.
Attorney information for Boswell-Johnson was not immediately available.
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