Toddler runs to grandmother’s home after watching her mother’s murder

Posted on: 8:47 pm, November 6, 2013, by , updated on: 08:48pm, November 6, 2013


MASCOTTE, Fla. — Police in Mascotte, Florida have issued a murder warrant for a man who they said killed a 27-year-old mother in front of her 3-year-old.

Johnny Lashawn Shipman, 36, is wanted for killing Kristi Delaney, whose body was found beaten and laying lifeless in her Mascotte home on Monday. He is Delaney’s ex-boyfriend and father of the child.

“He didn’t want to let her go,” said Delaney’s mother, Sandra Delaney. “She didn’t want to be with him. He was totally obsessed and he felt that if he couldn’t have her nobody could.”

Officials said Kristi Delaney’s 3-year-old daughter was in the house at the time of her death and ran down the street to her grandmother’s house to tell her “mommy” was sick.

“She just threw herself on the ground and was laying there like a dead person,” said Sandra Delaney. “She said, ‘Mommy’s on the ground,’ and that’s when we just grabbed my granddaughter and went up there and that’s when I found my daughter dead.”

Sandra Delaney said her daughter had been beaten with some kind of blunt object.

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