Utah woman stabs 4-year-old daughter to death, calls up cops to confess and stands in wait for arrest in bloodied clothes
The woman had borrowed her neighbor's phone to make a call to the police and confess of the gruesome crime
UTAH: A woman was taken into police custody after she confessed to murdering her 4-year-old daughter.
29-year-old Nicole Lester of West Valley City was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on an aggravated murder charge, the West Valley City Police Department shared on Twitter over the weekend. The victim was identified as Lester's daughter Laney Vos.
As reported by Gephardt Daily, an unnamed neighbor told authorities that Lester had borrowed her phone and when she returned it, confessed of killing her daughter. The Valley Emergency Communications Center was able to confirm that they had received a call from Lester on December 31 around 5 in the morning. In her call, the mother allegedly confessed to her crimes.
Lester was arrested as she stood waiting for cops in front of her home in blood-stained clothes. When police entered the house, they found the young child dead. According to the outlet, the victim had suffered from possible stab wounds in the basement. A statement reads, "officers noted many sharp-edged type wounds to the deceased female’s body."
According to KSL, Lester lived in the house with her grandmother, her daughter and her 6-year-old son. The grandmother, the owner of the home, was not present at the time of the vicious attack. She later returned and took custody of the boy who the police found sleeping on the main floor.
Police spokesperson Roxeanne Vainuku shared, "it’s hard to even comprehend something like this. This is something that’s extremely difficult."
Nicole Lester is currently facing one count of aggravated murder and is being held without bail.
Neighbors said they never saw any signs of child abuse and the two children seemed to be well taken care of. A neighbor shared, "I just wish that I had seen some sort of sign so I could’ve called somebody."
"It’s devastating; she was a beautiful little girl," the neighbor continued.