A MUM has been decapitated and her five-year-old daughter was slaughtered by her estranged husband in an apparent double-murder-suicide, cops say.
Jennifer Schlecht, 42, and Abayesh were allegedly butchered by Yonathan Tedla, 46, at an apartment in Harlem, New York.
Jennifer’s body was discovered in the bathroom with her head in her lap and her daughter was found partially decapitated in her bedroom, according to police.
The body of Ethiopa-born Tedla was found in a separate bedroom after he allegedly hanged himself, according to the New York Daily News.
The horrifying scenes were discovered on Wednesday after both the parents failed to show-up for a divorce hearing in court.
HAPPY HOME TO HOUSE OF HORRORS
When the pair did not show up, Jennifer’s brother asked authorities to conduct a wellness check after 9pm.
Inside a house of horrors awaited them, in what neighbours described as a “once happy family home”.
Police say that Jennifer was found in the bathroom with her head placed in her lap. Tedla was allegedly found hanging in bedroom after it’s claimed that he took his own life
“It is looking like a murder suicide,” an New York Police Department spokesperson told News.com.au.
A knife was recovered from the second-floor apartment, although it has not been confirmed whether this was the murder weapon.
It is also unclear how long the three had been dead for.
In 2016, Jennifer was granted a temporary restraining order against her husband after he threatened and harassed her, the New York Daily News reported.
According to her father Kenneth Schlecht, 75, the couple’s marriage troubles began five years ago after the birth of their child.
Her husband had indicated that if she served him with divorce papers he would ruin her or take them all out.
Kenneth Schlecht, Jennifer’s father
During his last phone call with Jennifer on Sunday, he said she was “in tears” after allegedly being threatened by Tedla.
Kenneth said: “Her husband had indicated that if she served him with divorce papers he would ruin her or take them all out.
“Which was apparently what he did.”
He added that she tried to file an order of protection on Tuesday, only to find the offices were closed and intended to return the following day.
Timothy Harris, 37, who regularly saw Jennifer jogging said he believed they were a “happy couple”.
A ‘LEADER’ & ‘DEVOTED’ MUM
Jennifer worked for the United Nations Foundations as a senior adviser for the Emergency Preparedness and Response.
She also worked on the Family Planning 2020 project, a global initiative to help empower woman and girls through rights based family planning.
Beth Schlachter from the partnership said: “She was a leader in the field of family planning and humanitarian response, and chose to work from New York so she could have more time with her darling daughter.”
She said the organisation was “utterly devastated” by the news of her death.
Ms Schlachter said: “That she should die under such brutal circumstances is beyond understanding.
“But we will all remember her for her life – and the thousands of lives she enriched – rather than the horrible way she died.”
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