New details emerged in the case of a Washington woman accused of shooting and killing her teen daughter last Tuesday.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports 52-year-old Svetlana Laurel, of Kent, is facing numerous felony charges including first-degree attempted murder, after she allegedly shot her 14-year-old daughter “point blank” in the head after the teen called 911. On Friday, the The King County Medical Examiner confirmed the girl’s identity as 14-year-old Natalie Gulizia.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, during a 15-minute call on Tuesday, Natalie told police her mother had a Taser and gun and threatened to use it on the suspect’s 12-year-old son. Laurel also threatened her former husband, Michael, according to police.
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The incident began a little after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Mike and Natalie were attending an event in Seattle when Laurel showed up to her former husband’s residence off of the 4700 block of Smithers Avenue South, in Renton, according to the Renton police. Both children lived with their father but the son was home alone when Laurel showed up, which the boy found unusual since his mother hardly ever visited the home before.
The boy let Laurel inside when she said she was there to drop off Christmas gifts. When he opened his presents, he realized his mother wrapped up his old clothes, the boy reportedly told police. Laurel reportedly claimed she couldn’t afford anything else.
The suspect then allegedly locked the doors in the home asked her son to show her around, then when upstairs, she zip-tied him and shoved a sock in his mouth. After threatening to use a stun gun on him if he tried to escape, Laurel complained to the 12-year-old for around two hours about how his father ruined her life.
When Michael returned home with Natalie at around 8 p.m., he was immediately confronted by Laurel once he unlocked the door and walked inside. When he asked what she was doing there, Laurel pulled out a gun and allegedly attacked him. Natalie grabbed her father’s cellphone and ran upstairs to dial 911.
As Natalie made her way upstairs, Laurel reportedly forced Michael into a chair and threatened him.
“You’ve made my life miserable. Now I’m gonna make yours miserable. If you move from that chair I’ll blow your brains out.”
Laurel then allegedly hit Michael in the head a few times with the gun. He screamed out to his children that their mother had a gun. The boy, still tied up, heard his father’s cries and relayed it to his sister, who relayed the information to a 911 dispatcher.
The 911 dispatcher heard a woman in the background questioning if the girl called 911 before saying something like, “blow your head off.” The dispatcher then heard the sounds of zip-ties and a loud gunshot bang.
Michael told police after Laurel fired the gun upstairs and shot Natalie, the suspect ran downstairs and pointed the gun at him, but it jammed before she could make a shot. He said he rammed her into a wall and managed to take the gun from her.
At around 8:32 p.m. on Tuesday, police arrived detained Laurel. She was initially charged with suspicion of second-degree murder but during a hearing the following day, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Castleton requested to upgrade the charges.
“It is clear that the defendant holds a deep animus towards her ex-husband and she has proven to be capable of committing the most horrific acts against her own children,” Castleton wrote.
The suspect and her former husband went through a bitter divorce in 2016. Laurel was initially given custody of their two children but Michael ultimately won custody later, which authorities said likely set her off.
“We believe there was a parenting plan in place but recent child custody issues that may have changed,” spokesperson for the Renton Police Department, Sandra Havlik.
Laurel is now being held without bail on suspicion of murder, first-degree attempted murder, and three counts of unlawful imprisonment.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo:Natalie Gulizia/Police Handout]