Crime & Safety

‘Stop, Dad, you’re killing her’: Husband brutally beats cheating wife to death with baseball bat just next to their children

Healthy family means growing in healthy environment for children. According to experts, this is among the most important factors in children’s development and parents are required to provide the best for their loved ones.

Even in cases when parents don’t agree and argue over certain things, they should have in mind that their children feel everything. However, domestic violence is a real and very common problem in our society and a recent incident proves just that.

In a recent incident that happened earlier this month, 64-year-old man beat his wife to death and he was held in jail without bail. According to the police, the deadly incident took place just two days after the woman filed a restraining order against him.

Richard H., the prime suspect in the chilling domestic homicide, has been accused of ruthlessly beating his wife, Nancy H., 54, to her tragic death using a baseball bat. The horrifying event reportedly unfolded while their three juvenile sons were present in the home, allegedly subjecting them to the full aural experience of the altercation from start to finish.

On the night of the alleged murder, local police received two emergency 911 calls. The first, a frantic cry for help, was from one of the couple’s children, who along with his siblings had been staying in an adjacent room during the heated dispute. The second call originated from a friend who had been in conversation with Nancy at the time the alleged assault was initiated.

“She heard the phone drop, and then, several loud bangs could be heard in the background, as well as children screaming, ‘Stop, Dad, you’re killing her,’” said prosecutor Megan McGovern in court.

Upon arrival at the Massachusetts residence, officers discovered Richard in the driveway, his body and clothing grotesquely spattered with blood.

“He made statements to the effect of, ‘She was cheating on me’ and that he couldn’t believe he did that,” McGovern said.

A subsequent news release from the police declared Nancy’s death a homicide, citing the cause of death as blunt force trauma. During the investigation, police interviewed the son who had placed the emergency call. He detailed the perpetual discord between his parents, noting a significant escalation in the conflicts during the week leading up to the fatal beating.

Disturbingly, Nancy had sought legal protection against her husband just two days prior to her brutal death, filing a restraining order. Despite her efforts, McGovern noted that authorities were unable to serve the order to Richard.

Court documents paint a bleak picture of persistent domestic issues within the family, underscoring a history of strife and tension.

In the aftermath of this horrific event, the Department of Children and Families has taken custody of the couple’s children, ensuring their safety and welfare.

Richard, who was promptly arraigned after the incident and has pleaded not guilty to murder along with several other charges, is scheduled to appear again in court on August 16.

Alfred Duncan

Alfred Duncan is a senior editor at The South Florida Daily, where he oversees our coverage of politics, misinformation, health and economics. Alfred is a former reporter and editor for BuzzFeed News, National Geographic and USA Today.

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