The distraught mother of a 26-year-old suspected killer is pleading her missing son to turn himself in.
Robin Denson sobbed as she spoke during a press conference New Year’s Day in hopes the words would reach her son, Marlin Larice Joseph, the man thought to be responsible for the Thursday murder of 36-year-old Kaladaa Crowell and her 11-year-old daughter Kyra Inglett.
Neighbors heard gunshots from the incident that took place at the victims’ home at 822 Third Street in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Crowell died at the scene and Inglett on Friday morning while at a nearby hospital.
Denson said she was Crowell’s girlfriend and Inglett was her stepdaughter, the Palm Beach Post reports.
Police say Joseph fled the scene in a 2012 gray Toyota Camry that belonged to Crowell after what was believed to be a ‘domestic dispute’ that turned deadly.
‘Marlin, son, I love you… You know I love you, but please, turn yourself in. If you’re scared to do so, call me,’ Denson said at a press conference Monday afternoon with police.
Joseph was last seen withdrawing cash early Friday at a bank in West Palm Beach.
The mother said she has not heard from her son since, and hopes he will do the right thing.
Joseph has a history of domestic violence, and spent time behind bars previously for for ‘lewd behavior’ toward a 13-year-old girl in a 2013 incident, according to the local newspaper.
Denson said that, aside from her son’s mistakes, he was a ‘good kid’ who ‘read the Bible every day.’
She cried as she talked about her wonderful partner and stepdaughter, and said Inglett was the ‘sweetest’ girl who would ‘give the shirt off her back to help anybody.’
Denson said she has yet to contact her late girlfriend’s family. She hasn’t eaten or slept in days and doesn’t plan to until Joseph turns himself in.
‘I just want him to turn himself in. I know the family wants justice. I want justice, too. I love my son, but I loved Kyra and Kaladaa, too,’ the distressed Denson said.
Police are offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with information leading to Joseph’s arrest.
He is a 5’10” black male, weighing 180 pounds with face tattoos. He fled in the vehicle with license plate BAOMJ.