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Mom listened on the phone, helpless, as attacker killed 15-year-old girl, Utah cops say

Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, died Monday in a brutal attack after arriving home from school while she was on the phone with her mother, Salt Lake City police say. Investigators arrested Shaun French, 24, on Wednesday in Colorado as a suspect in the slaying.
Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, died Monday in a brutal attack after arriving home from school while she was on the phone with her mother, Salt Lake City police say. Investigators arrested Shaun French, 24, on Wednesday in Colorado as a suspect in the slaying. GoFundMe

Baleigh Bagshaw, 15, arrived home from her Salt Lake City school on Monday afternoon and called her mother, police say.

Remembered by co-workers at an ice cream shop as bubbly, sweet and responsible, Baleigh checked in with her mom every day after returning home, reported the Deseret News. But this time, something went wrong.

Someone inside the home brutally attacked the teen while she talked to her mother, the Deseret News reported.

"Her mother heard the attack going on and then the phone went dead,” Salt Lake City police Sgt. Brandon Shearer told the Deseret News.

Her mother asked a neighbor to check on Baleigh, who was found dead, but police have released few details on how she died.

“It was a very violent attack,” Shearer told The Salt Lake Tribune. “So there‘s quite a bit of evidence, and it’s widely spread throughout the home and throughout the area.”

Shearer told the publication it’s not yet clear how or when the assailant got inside the home.

On Wednesday, police arrested Shaun French, 24, in Colorado as a suspect in the slaying, reported KSL-TV. Police had earlier issued a call for help in locating French, whom police said might have been heading to Colorado, Ohio or Wyoming.

French had earlier lived with Baleigh's family and police investigating her death issued a warrant for French's arrest on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact with a minor, the station reported.

Baleigh worked at a Leatherby’s Family Creamery and was active in the local dog show community, reported the Deseret News.

"She was really sweet," co-worker Gwendolyn Robinson told the publication. "She worked very hard. She was a good girl."

Baleigh's mother has established a GoFundMe account to help pay for her funeral. The page had raised nearly $9,000 of its $11,000 goal by Wednesday afternoon.

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