Charese Garvin Spanish Lake Missouri woman & toddler daughter killed by ex boyfriend who remains at large after St. Louis County police charge man w/double murders.
A Missouri man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend — the mother of his two children — and her 2-year-old daughter on Christmas Day after threatening that if he could not be with her, ‘no one would,’ continues to remain at large.
Timothy Brown, 30, of Spanish Lake in St. Louis County, who continued to remain at large, was charged in absentia Monday with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action in the Christmas morning slayings of Charese Garvin, 28, and her daughter, Alayah Butler, St. Louis County police said.
Witnesses saw Brown at Garvin’s home at the time of the double shooting and evidence shows that he took Garvin’s cellphone as he left the residence and kept it with him for a ‘period of time,’ a probable cause statement shows.
‘The suspect had previously threatened that if he could not have Charese Garvin, no one would,’ the document stated.
A witness reported seeing Brown inside her home that morning prior to the slayings. He had not been arrested by midday Tuesday and should be considered armed and dangerous according to police.
History of domestic violence
Both Garvin and Alayah were pronounced dead at the scene. Cops responded to the woman’s St. Louis County home after getting a request for a welfare check.
Garvin had three children, including a 4- and 6-year-old fathered by Brown, whom she had previously accused of domestic violence and called cops to report the allegations, her sister-in-law told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Garvin was also pregnant with her fourth child when she was killed, her sister-in-law, Kristin Thorps, 29, said. It was unclear who the father of the child was. The relative said the victim worked as a teaching assistant at the Special School District of St. Louis County in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.
‘All of us at SSD are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Charese Garvin and her daughter,’ district officials said in a statement. ‘Our thoughts are with her family and her school community during this very difficult time.’
Brown, who pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary in St. Louis County in 2019, was sentenced to five years in prison and was on parole at the time of the double slaying, according to Missouri Department of Corrections records.
A GoFundMe account has since been created by Garvin’s mother to help pay for expenses.