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Cry of 11-month-old baby leads Spokane Police to homicide investigation

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A Spokane mother's death is being investigated as a homicide after the cry of her 11-month-old baby alerted authorities to her body.  The woman's body was discovered on Friday, November 4th, inside her apartment bedroom. A chord was tied around her neck and she was sitting in a pool of blood; her baby was found in the bedroom crying and had been there for an unknown amount of time.

A close friend of the woman told police the victim had suicidal thoughts in the past but police are still investigating this death as a homicide, as they would with any unattended death. 

According to the Spokane Police, they received a call from a tenant at the apartment complex located in the 1500 block of E. 7th around 2pm Friday, saying she could hear a baby crying inside one of the apartment units on the southeast end of the complex. The caller stated she has also heard the baby crying the night before.

The victim and her 11-month-old daughter lived in the apartment.  Before police arrived on scene, the victim's father met the landlord at the apartment and hearing the baby continuing to cry they forced their way into the apartment before police arrived.

The landlord noticed a foul odor as she walked inside and proceeded to the bedroom where she could hear the baby crying. The door was obstructed, but using her shoulder, she was able to push it open. Upon entering the room she found the female victim, seated on the floor with her legs extended in front of her. The victim had a chord around her neck and there was a pool of blood under her body. She appeared to be deceased so after grabbing the baby, the landlord left the room.

When police arrived, they also noted there was blood in the bathtub and a knife in the bathroom.

The victim's father told police the last time he had seen his daughter and granddaughter was two days earlier on Wednesday, November 2nd. He had been watching the baby and his daughter came to pick her child up around 8:30 that night. He also told police that according to one of his daughter's closest friends, his daughter and her boyfriend had been fighting recently and the friend also told him his daughter had suicidal thoughts in the past.

After interviewing neighbors, one neighbor told police they heard arguing coming from the apartment Wednesday evening around 11:30. Another neighbor told police she saw the victim's boyfriend standing outside the apartment Wednesday evening at an unknown time.

While police were on scene the victim's boyfriend showed up and agreed to go to the police station for an interview. He stated he had been dating the victim for about two months and they she recently lost her job and had been upset because he was planning to move to Oregon. He also confirmed that she had been having suicidal thoughts.

Police say at first, the boyfriend had a hard time remembering details of the last few days and he also denied being at her apartment Wednesday night, saying the last time he saw and spoke to her was Wednesday morning after staying the night in her apartment Tuesday. He told police the victim had been on her period and at one point, while she was in the bathroom, she got upset because she got blood on the floor because she was menstruating. The boyfriend also mentioned he hadn't wanted to stay the night but the victim wouldn't let him leave. He said when he left Wednesday morning, the victim had been naked and wrapped in a black blanket. He agreed to let police search his phone and showed police Facebook messages that were consistent with his statements.

Police have seized items in the home and the victim's car which was parked outside her apartment as they continue to investigate this death.

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