A dad has left his two young children orphaned after killing his ex-wife, mother-in-law and himself days after his divorce came through. Daniel Dewitt, 32, shot ex-wife Amanda, 31, and Amanda’s mother Debra Allen, 61, at her home in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Wednesday before turning the gun on himself.
The shooting came two days after a judge granted the couple a divorce. That ruling also granted sole custody of the couple’s two children, aged nine and two, to Amanda.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office have refused to comment on a possible motive for the killings, but conceded the divorce proceedings may have been a ‘catalyst.’
Amanda Dewitt filed for a protective order against her husband in July, claiming Dewitt had harassed her 26 times, broke custody hand-over rules, and tried to break into her home.
The couple were granted temporary joint legal custody on September 11, but this week’s hearing left it to Amanda to decide when her ex-husband could see their children.
Dewitt’s mother Christine Skinner Dewitt posted an update on Facebook after the murder-suicide, writing: ‘I’m at a loss of words, and heart broken. A parent should NEVER have to be making arrangements to bury their child. I will forever love and miss my baby boy Daniel Dewitt.
‘I promise your babies will be taken care of. Please pray for us, but especially these babies. R.I.L. MY SWEET BOY. Until we meet again. I love you.’
She has since shared another update disputing the official version of events, saying: ‘People are ugly now. Please don’t listen to lies and the news.’
Dewitt’s sister Daphne Skinner also shared her heartbreak on Facebook, writing: ‘Why just why,’ next to a row of heartbroken emojis.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the killings.
A neighbor who did not wish to give his name told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that there had been ‘a lot of shit’ going on at Amanda’s home in the days leading up to the shootings.
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