Boyfriend kills mom, 6-year-old girl, wounds 2 other children: Police

A Missouri mother’s boyfriend shot her and her 6-year-old daughter to death Saturday and wounded the woman’s two other children, police said, according to the St Louis Post-Dispatch.

Joseph Jones, 40, has been charged with two counts of first degree murder in the deaths of Bernadetta Cooper, 40, and Doryan Bryant, 6, the paper said.

Jones has also been charged with two counts of first-degree assault, four counts of armed criminal action, and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm.

How do you protect your children from predators? Join Nancy Grace and a team of world-class experts for the online course ‘Justice Nation: Crime Stops Here’.

Cooper’s other two daughters were wounded in the shooting: A 10-year-old suffered a graze wound, and a 16-year-old was shot in the shoulder. Both are expected to recover.

When St Louis County police arrived at the scene in Jennings Saturday afternoon, Cooper was dead, the little girl had been shot multiple times. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The 10-year-old placed the 911 call reporting the shooting, police spokesman Benjamin Granda said. When police arrived, he said, “they heard screaming, and went toward the screaming.”

Police said they recovered two firearms at the scene, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol. They believe both were used in the shooting.

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast:

Join Nancy Grace for her new online video series designed to help you protect what you love most – your children.

[Featured image: Joseph Jones/St Louis County Sheriff’s Office]