Oklahoma Father Kills 2 Young Daughters, Their Mother and Himself, Police Say
In a gruesome scene, an Oklahoma father of two killed his daughters and their mother before killing himself, in what cops are calling a triple murder-suicide, according to reports. Phillip Daniel Stephen Ross, 31, killed his family.
An Oklahoma father of stabbed to death his young daughters and their mother before taking his own life, police said. Phillip Daniel Stephen Ross, 31, killed his family with "sharp force injuries" in their Tulsa home, police Capt. Rodd Enzbrenner said during a press conference, according to the Sands Spring Leader.
Police said they are "confident" the wounds Ross suffered were self-inflicted.
The bodies of two girls, ages 2 and 4, were found in the living room, and the body of their mother, Anastacia Lynn Smith, 41, was found in a back bedroom, the Leader reported.
Investigators said the killings likely occurred Friday night, based on the statements of neighbors, who said they heard "a commotion" similar to a "loud banging"around 10:30 p.m., KTEN reported.
Ross' mother walked into the horrific scene Saturday afternoon around 2:30 p.m., after last talking with family around 7 p.m. Friday, authorities said. She had planned to babysit the girls while the parents went to celebrate Smith's birthday, investigators said.
When she arrived at the family's mobile home, the grandmother found the screen door unlocked and the front door open, according to reports.
“We’re a close-knit community, and this community is hurting right now,” Police Chief Mike Carter told reporters.
Police said there has not been a homicide in the city since 2017.
Autopsy results are pending.
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