A Virginia woman is accused of shooting two little girls believed to be her daughters, killing one and seriously injuring another.
NBC Washington reports that Veronica Youngblood, 33, has been charged with second-degree murder after police officers responded to a call to a Fairfax County home and found two little girls shot. One girl, who had been shot in the head, was pronounced dead at the scene, and another remains in life-threatening condition.
Due to state law, police could not confirm the relationship between the woman and the two girls, but records and audio from a 911 call obtained by the news station indicate Youngblood is the mother of both girls. Police did confirm that the name of the deceased girl was Brooklyn Youngblood, 5, and court records show that Victoria Youngblood has a daughter by that name.
According to the report, Youngblood ran to a neighbor’s house, still carrying a gun, and said she had shot her two daughters. The neighbor then called 911.
Youngblood is divorced from her children’s father, but the former couple reportedly agreed to share a home so that the children could live with both parents. The father had reportedly moved to Minnesota, and Youngblood had been expected to follow — perhaps by court order — but she didn’t want to move. They had been scheduled to move this week.
Court records obtained by NBC Washington showed that the couple had spent years in court arguing over divorce and custody terms, and that Youngblood’s ex-husband once got a restraining order against her.
Youngblood is being held without bond and is expected to appear in court on Tuesday.