Alabama mother beaten to death by boyfriend while 3 teen daughters got ready for school in their rooms

A mother-of-three was beaten to death in her home, while her daughters got ready for school in their rooms.

Melinda Searight, 42, from Irondale, Alabama was killed by her boyfriend, Anthony Lanier Kelly, 36, after he hit her in the head with an unidentified weapon on Friday.

He then told her children that he would be spending the rest of his life in jail, before fleeing the house.

Police were called to the apartment complex at just after 6am on Friday morning after reports of a domestic incident.

Ms Searight was found unresponsive on her bedroom floor, and pronounced dead at the scene after being repeatedly struck in the head.

According to Ms Searight’s mother, Doris Doss, the eldest daughter, 15, heard the couple arguing while she was getting ready for school with her 13-year-old twin sisters.

Shortly after, Kelly came into the girl’s room and said: ‘I guess I’m going to spend the rest of my life in jail.’

Talking to Alabama Local, Ms Doss explained that she received a call from the 15-year-old at around 6.30am.

Ms Searight was found unresponsive on her bedroom floor, and pronounced dead at the scene after being  repeatedly struck in the head

She said: ‘I was at work and she called me screaming. She said grandma, she’s bleeding from the head.’

The daughters then called 911 and were taken in by neighbors at another apartment.

Ms. Doss is still unaware as to why the incident happened.

The pair had dated in 2010 but had recently rekindled their romance and Ms Doss said she had never known them to get into a ‘physical altercation.’

However, Kelly handed himself in to law enforcement officers on Friday evening at the county jail and was then handed over to Irondale police.

He was formally charged with murder on Saturday.

Police have confirmed that Ms Searight died after she was repeatedly hit in the head.

They are yet to identify the weapon, but her family suspect that she may have been killed with an implement that Ms Searight carried round with her for protection, which they described as a martial-arts-like steel ball wrapped in cording and attached to a chain.

Talking to the paper, Detective Sergeant Michael Mangina, gave a message of reassurance.

He said: ‘This was not a random act and I do not believe the public is in any danger.’

Visibly upset friends and family gathered outside Ms Searight’s second-story apartment on Friday morning.

Ms Searight's mother, Doris Doss, (pictured) said the eldest daughter, 15, heard the couple arguing while she was getting ready for school

However, Ms Doss said she was struggling to come to terms with her daughter’s death.

She said: ‘She was a beautiful, smart, intelligent girl.

‘She was a people-person. Anything she could do for others, she would.’

Source: The DailyMail

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