Two children were shot and killed by their mom’s boyfriend while she was out running an errand, officials said.
The mom was only gone for about an hour before she returned home to find her children shot in their room.
Two children, Gabriel Phillips, 1, and Ahmir Phillips, 5, were killed at the scene, according to the Associated Press. Each of them died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Lucas County Coroner’s Office told The Blade. Another child Ashtan Phillips, 4, and was in stable condition as of Feb. 15. A fourth child, Gracieana Phillips, 2, was unharmed.
Kevin N. Moore, 27, was indicted on charges of aggravated murder and felonious assault on Monday, according to the AP. He’s currently being held on $5 million bond.
“I was in complete shock,” Crystal Phillips, the mother of the deceased children, told The Blade. “I screamed bloody murder. I went outside and I screamed at the neighbors. Like, nobody heard anything. Why did it take for me to come home and find them before a call was made? It’s something a mother should never ever have to go through.”
The Toledo Police tweeted that the murders happened during a domestic dispute. However, in a statement to The Blade, Phillips said, “I really have no clue what happened. We weren’t on bad terms. There was no violence, there was nothing.”
According to court documents obtained by WTOL-TV, Moore pled guilty to domestic violence charges twice while living in Florida.
“Please pray for these victims, their families, and the first responders who were on scene tonight,” Toledo Police Chief George Kral tweeted. “This was a truly sad night for our community.”
The family of the victims is currently running a GoFundMe page to handle funeral and medical costs. As of publishing, it has received almost $9,000 of donations from the public.