'My mom is dead!': 9-yr-old son's tragic 911 call after husband 'stomped' her to death before dousing house with gas
YAKIMA, WASHINGTON: A mother of an infant and a nine-year-old was beaten and stomped by her Missouri husband who left her to die before he allegedly doused gasoline all over the house with the couple's children inside to set the house on flames.
On the morning of September 4, tragedy struck after a brave nine-year-old Malik called the Missouri police and asked them to rush, describing his mother, Cristina Garcia Smith, a pre-school teacher has "serious injuries" after their father was the perpetrator, Gregory Smith III struck her with a knife and telling the police "My mom is dead!"
The Hazelwood Police Department said, "Gregory Smith III, 40, faces a first-degree murder charge after killing his wife Cristina Garcia Smith, 37, armed criminal action, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child." in a statement to Kima TV. When the police arrived at the crime scene they found the boy Malik, and his baby sister, same along with their dead mother. Smith had already fled the scene. Smith allegedly, "beat, stomped and then used a knife to kill the victim," according to the police. Smith doused the house with gasoline with the two children inside. The investigation revealed the incident was a result of "domestic violence". Warrants for Smith's arrest who was on the run were issued.
Hours after the killing, Smith was arrested and taken into custody and is held at St Louis County Justice Center without bond. It is not known if Smith has retained an attorney or has entered a plea deal. In the midst of the tragedy, Cristina's family has set up a GoFundMe account in order to collect current expenses for the funeral services, costs to bring Cristina's body back to Yakima, and to set up a small trust to help with any future costs, Cristina's aunt Monica Pola wrote. The goal of it is to "help us create a new story for Malik and Sama. A story where their tragedy can turn into triumph," she concluded.
If you are experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or go to thehotline.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7.