A 5-year-old Utah boy witnessed his mom being gravely injured and apparently knew exactly who to call for help. The boy dialed 911 and provided information that helped lead to the alleged killer’s capture.
Salt Lake City’s FOX 13 reports that West Valley police arrested 50-year-old Darren Byrd on suspicion of murder, child abuse, and several other charges after the young boy reportedly witnessed Byrd harming his mother. Officers arrived at a home at 3292 W. Chester Park Drive in West Valley on Saturday evening, where they found 46-year-old Belinda Thomas inside the residence with numerous stab wounds to her neck and chest.
First responders began life-saving efforts on Belinda, but her injuries were too critical. She passed away shortly after.
The little boy reportedly told police the suspect chased him around the house with a knife, threatening to kill him. Byrd then allegedly fled the home in Thomas’ car.
Officers found Byrd sleeping inside the car, in a parking lot near 5400 W. 2400 South on Saturday night. They arrested him after developing leads in the case, including the boy’s 911 call.
“A 5-year-old child had made a 911 call indicating that his mother was injured,” a news release by West Valley PD said. “Officers arrived and discovered the door to the trailer home was open. Inside, they found Belinda Thomas suffering from what appeared to be multiple stab wounds. Officers began life saving efforts but were not able to revive Thomas.”
Byrd and Thomas apparently lived in the trailer together, although what their relationship was remains unclear. Utah’s Division of Child and Family Services removed the boy from the home. He’s safe.
Byrd remains behind bars, charged with numerous felonies and one misdemeanor, including,
- Aggravated murder
- Domestic violence child abuse
- Domestic violence in front of of a child
- Obstruction of justice
- Possession of a weapon by a restricted person (misdemeanor)
The story continues to develop. Check back with CrimeOnline for additional details.
[Feature Photo: Belinda Thomas/Facebook]