SOUTH BEND – Authorities were releasing few details Monday into an investigation of a 33-year-old man who police said fatally stabbed his 6-year-old daughter other than to disclose he died as the result of a stab wound to the chest as well as being shot by police, and that state child welfare officials were aware of the family before Sundays deaths.
St. Joseph County Prosecutors Office spokeswoman Lora Bentley identified the man as Edward Mundia Mwaura but said details about where he was from originally and whether he had a criminal record were under investigation. The Daily Nation, Kenyas most widely read paper, reported Mwaura was from Kenya and that the family moved to South Bend from the Dallas area about two years ago.
Lt. Dave Wells of the Metro Homicide Unit told reporters at a news conference Sunday that police arrived at the scene about 4:45 a.m. at an apartment complex to a report of a domestic disturbance and discovered a woman covered in blood who told officers her daughter was inside with her husband. Police heard screams, so they kicked in the door and saw a man on top of the girl stabbing her.
Wells said an officer shot the man to stop the attack.
Bentley said she has no details on whether the stab wound to Mwaura was self-inflicted. A telephone message left for a deputy coroner by The Associated Press was not returned. The manner of death for Mwaura wont be determined until the Metro Homicide Unit determines whether the shooting by the police officer was justified, Bentley said. An investigation is ongoing.
The cause of death for 6-year-old Shirley Mundia was listed as multiple sharp force entries and the manner of death was listed as homicide.
Department of Child Services spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland said Monday the agency did have contact with the family, but it was some time ago. She said she couldnt provide further details because of privacy laws.