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5-year-old boy tells 911 a man stabbed his mom, chased him with a knife, Utah cops say

Darren Byrd
Darren Byrd Salt Lake County Sheriff's Department

The 5-year-old boy on the line told 911 dispatchers Saturday evening that someone had hurt his mother with a knife, The Gephardt Daily reported.

The attacker, who the child identified as his mother’s boyfriend, then chased him around their home, threatening to stab him as well, the preschooler told dispatchers in West Valley City, Utah, KTVX reported.

Officers responding to the call found the door to the family’s home hanging open, The Gephardt Daily reported.

Inside, police found Belinda Thomas, 46, dying of stab wounds and were unable to revive her, KUTV reported. The 5-year-old boy was turned over to child protective services.

Officers arrested Darren Byrd, 50, later Saturday night on suspicion of aggravated murder, child abuse, obstruction of justice, possession of a weapon by a restricted person and domestic violence in the presence of a child, KSL-TV reported.

The station reported that police spotted Byrd’s vehicle after identifying him as a suspect and obtaining a description of his vehicle.

Byrd had blood on his hands and clothing at the time of his arrest, KTVX reported. He’s a convicted felon prohibited from owning weapons, according to the station.

Police say Byrd lived at the home with Thomas and her son but did not confirm his relationship with them, The Gephardt Daily reported.

“Oh, my heart just went out to the little boy, because I have a grandson that’s 5 years old and I can’t imagine how hard it would be for him to be without his mom and dad,” said neighbor Roselin Edwards, KTVX reported.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for more than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.


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