A mother and a child are believed to be the victims of a grisly double murder-suicide in New York City.
The New York Daily News reports that Jennifer Schlecht, 42, was found decapitated and holding her head in her lap in her Harlem home Wednesday night. Her 5-year-old daughter was found partially decapitated with a deep knife wound in her throat. Jennifer’s husband and the girl’s father Yonathan Tedla was reportedly found dead, hanging from the girl’s bedroom door in what authorities reportedly believe was a suicide after he killed his wife and daughter.
Sources with knowledge of the incident told the newspaper that a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was found in the home.
Jennifer Schlecht’s brother had reportedly called police Wednesday night with concerns about his sister. Responding officers discovered the horrific scene inside a brownstone building at W. 121st St. near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd.
Sources told the Daily News that the couple was divorcing and had a court date on Wednesday afternoon, hours before the horrific discovery.
But neighbors did not appear to have any idea the couple was having trouble, or that Tedla was capable of such violence.
“I just saw him yesterday, I talk to him everyday, I mess around in the front all the time and I see them coming back and forth from school,” one neighbor told ABC News 7.
“Kind, sweet, adored his daughter, adored her. I saw both of them, adored her. I’m flipping out, I just can’t.”
Double murder-suicide in #Harlem. Neighbors identify couple as Jennifer Schlecht & Yonathan Tedla. Neighbors say they appeared to be a perfect couple. Investigators say husband cut his wife’s throat nearly decapitating her & cut his 5-year-old daughter’s throat. He hanged himself pic.twitter.com/usirUf0FQP
— Dean Meminger (@DeanMeminger) November 7, 2019
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