A toddler "is going to grow up without a mother because of what happened," TPD spokesperson said while urging witnesses to come forward.
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Law enforcement authorities on Florida’s west coast have asked for public help after a woman was allegedly killed on the street right next to her car while her toddler son was found unharmed and asleep in the backseat, per Law and Crime. According to the press release by the Tampa police department, officers responded to a 911 call just after 10 p.m. on January 30, to find a woman dead from upper body trauma, per CBS 12.
Who killed a Tampa mom?— Angie Angers (@angie_angers) January 31, 2023
That’s the question @TampaPD are trying to answer. She was found just outside her car in a visitor parking area at the Easton Park subdivision in New Tampa. Her baby boy was found by police sleeping in his carseat.
What we know this morning @BN9 -> pic.twitter.com/W9O1EUTS7v
According to the police, the caller reported seeing an adult female who seemed to be unconscious and was lying on the ground on the side of a residential street. Upon arriving at the scene, first responders located the adult female next to her Ford EcoSport SUV. She was declared dead on the scene. Police further stated that the victim was in her 20s and confirmed that her death is being investigated as a homicide. After finding the woman's body, officers then discovered a toddler sleeping in the backseat of the SUV. The female victim was identified as the child’s mother. The toddler is safe and is now in the care of a relative, according to police. The identity of the victim or any other additional details has not been revealed yet. “
A Tampa mom was found dead next to her SUV in the Easton Park subdivision in New Tampa. @TampaPD says they found her toddler son unharmed and sleeping in his car seat. The homicide happened right next to the road and police hope someone knows something @BN9 pic.twitter.com/2zAuPK0zeV— Angie Angers (@angie_angers) January 31, 2023
This is an absolute tragedy,” TPD spokesperson Crystal Clark said in an interview with St. Petersburg cable news network, Spectrum Bay News 9. “We have a woman in her 20s who is now deceased and a toddler who is going to grow up without a mother because of what happened. So the best thing we can do for this family is to bring justice to them and that requires the public coming forward,” she added.
Investigators reported that the victim was not a resident of the area where her body was found, indicating that she likely knew her attacker and was likely visiting the location when she was killed, Bay News 9 reported.
The woman was laying next to a Ford EcoSport SUV, which had a sleeping baby boy in the back seat. https://t.co/ZakslBk6Sj— NewsChannel 8 | KTUL (@KTULNews) January 31, 2023
The station where she was killed is in a relatively high-traffic area, leading police to believe there is a high likelihood that someone witnessed the crime.
Authorities are urging residents in the area of the crime with cameras outside of their homes to check the footage for anything that might help the investigation.
Do you have info to help #YourTampaPD solve this case? Mother found deceased next to SUV in the Easton Park subdivision in New Tampa on Monday night. Her toddler was inside the vehicle unharmed. MORE: https://t.co/Ub5I74METM— Tampa Police Department (@TampaPD) January 31, 2023
Please call ☎️ 813-231-6130 w/ tips! pic.twitter.com/5CmZSCfOMB
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