FORT WASHINGTON – A Prince George’s County second grade teacher and her two-year-old daughter were shot and killed early Tuesday morning in the parking lot of a condominium complex in Fort Washington.
On Wednesday, the father, Daron Boswell-Johnson, was arrested in relation to the case.
According to police officials on the scene, around 7 a.m. on Tuesday, patrol and fire/EMS units from Prince George's County responded to the Pine Wood Hill condominium complex at the 1300 block of Palmer Road for a shooting.
When units arrived on the scene they found an adult female, who has been identified as 26-year-old NeShante Davis, a teacher at Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, on the ground suffering from gunshot wounds to her body. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
The units then located the two-year-old daughter, who has been identified as Chloe Davis-Green, inside a parked vehicle also suffering from gunshot wounds to her body. The child was quickly transported to a local hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
According to the Prince George's County Education Association, Davis graduated from Bowie State University and was in her first year as a teacher.
Police say Davis was leaving to take her daughter to daycare when the shooting happened. Several family members were inside Davis' house when the shooting took place and came out after hearing gunfire. It was then that they saw Davis on the ground.
Acting Police Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George's County Police Department and his command staff, along with Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, responded to the shooting.
“This is a profoundly sad day,” said Stawinski in a press conference held at the scene. “My prayers go out to the family of the crime. The notion that someone would be bold enough to take the life of a mother and her child and think there would not be consequences is simply unacceptable.”
Alsobrooks was appalled as well.
“This is absolutely unacceptable in any civilized community that a child should be killed,” Alsobrooks said.
County Councilman Obie Patterson also released a statement on the matter.
"Our community is shocked, saddened and angered by (Tuesday's) tragic news of a double-murder of 26-year-old NeShante Davis and her two-year-old daughter Chloe Nicole Davis-Green, in the parking lot of their Fort Washington townhome community.
"None of us can comprehend the sorrow and sense of loss felt by their family at this time. On behalf of the residents of District 8 and citizens throughout Prince George’s County, I offer our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the family of Ms. Davis and her daughter Chloe, as they try to comprehend this senseless act of violence and heartbreaking loss of their loved ones.
"We also express our sincere condolences to the Bradbury Heights Elementary School family, where Ms. Davis taught, as well as neighbors and friends.
"This heinous act is unconscionable and unacceptable. The Prince George’s County Police Department is investigating, and I have full confidence that they will solve this crime and apprehend the person or persons responsible."
More information to come as it becomes available.