Woman shoots teen daughter dead after she called 911 to report the mom for tasing her father
While the couple was fighting over the children's custody, their daughter went upstairs to her bedroom and called emergency services for help, after which the attack took place
A 52-year-old woman from Washington state has been accused of shooting and killing her teenage daughter when the 14-year-old was attempting to call 911 to report a domestic disturbance at the house. Reports state that the woman, identified as Svetlana Laurel, from Kent, has been arrested and charged in the death of her daughter Natalie Gulizia.
Natalie reportedly called 911 on Tuesday night to report a domestic dispute between her mother and father over her custody as the couple fought downstairs. Natalie was allegedly shot by her mother when she was on the phone with emergency services. Reports state that the mother shot her teenage daughter in the head.
The mother of two, at the time of the incident, was at the home of her former-husband on Tuesday night and was reportedly let inside the house by the couple's 12-year-old son. When her ex-husband and her daughter returned home, they allegedly found "Svetlana was holding a Taser, and used it" on him, according to the Daily Mail. She also allegedly zip-tied her former husband and their son, according to reports.
According to court documents seen by KIRO, "Svetlana drew a pistol and told her ex-husband she was going to shoot him because he had ruined her life." Officials said that Svetlana had recently lost custody of her children to her father and the situation had seemingly placed her in a desperate situation.
While the couple was fighting over the children's custody, their daughter went upstairs to her bedroom and called emergency services for help.
Renton Police Department's Cmdr. David Leibman said: "When the mother found out she was calling 911, she shot her." The 911 operator could reportedly hear a woman saying over the phone: "You called 911!" and then heard a woman threatening to "blow your head off". According to the police report, this was followed by the sound of zip-ties being secured, a loud bang, followed by screaming.
The court papers stated that the 12-year-old boy, who was tied up, "hopped" to his sister's room and "saw that his sisters head was covered in blood."
The children's father, while talking to the police, said that "he heard the sound of a single gunshot' upstairs and Laurel went back up to the first floor of the house and tried to shoot him. "The gun failed to fire, with Svetlana struggling to clear the malfunction in the pistol," the court papers said.
The woman, identified by prosecutors as Svetlana Laurel, accused her ex-husband of "ruining her life," a police report said. Renton police say Laurel, 52, killed her 14-year-old daughter when the girl dialed 911. https://t.co/nQShq2s8EX— Jennifer Sullivan (@SeattleSullivan) December 19, 2018
The court papers added that the father then "rammed Svetlana into the wall with his shoulder, and was able to grab the pistol."
Laurel was originally booked on suspicion of second-degree murder. During her bail hearing on Wednesday afternoon, which she did not attend, Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Castleton asked that the potential charge against her be escalated to premeditated homicide.
“The state requests the court find probable cause for murder in the first degree, attempted murder in the first degree and three counts of unlawful imprisonment,” Castleton said.
A judge pro tem ordered Laurel held without bail. She’s scheduled to have another court appearance later in the week.