Fayetteville 911 call: 'I think my dad just killed my mom'
Posted July 7, 2016
Updated July 8, 2016
Fayetteville, N.C. — An 8-year-old Fayetteville boy struggled to remain calm Wednesday evening as he told authorities that he thought both his mother and baby brother were dead and that his father had killed them.
"I think my dad just killed my mom, and he shot the baby. Please come, hurry," the boy said in a 911 call released Thursday.
Cumberland County deputies found the bodies of Jessica Ann Parker, 32, and Sherrell McNeill, 35, inside the home at 3411 Cumberland Road. Parker appeared to have been shot, while McNeill died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.
A 2-month-old boy also had been shot in the home. Parker's family and friends said the baby, whom they called King, was in critical condition Thursday evening in the intensive care unit at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. He underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest, and family members said they were confident he was going to live.
A family friend said the 8-year-old may not have saved his mother but likely saved his little brother.
The older boy said his parents were arguing before the shooting and that he heard his mother cry out before one gunshot.
"My dad had a gun, and then he, I think he killed my mom, and then he hit my baby brother, and I think he killed him too," he told the 911 dispatcher.
"Is there anybody else there with you?" the dispatcher asked later.
"My mom," he said.
"Where’s your mom at?"
Later in the seven-and-a-half-minute call, the boy said he and his younger sister were hiding behind a car outside. His father was still inside the house, he said.
Jacqueline Landreth, a friend of Parker's, said she believes McNeill shot the baby out of jealousy.
"He shot him because Jesse found happiness somewhere else. He shot her to hurt her," Landreth said.
Authorities said Parker was McNeill's girlfriend, but the baby was not McNeill's child. Parker's family said she and McNeill were no longer together and that she had been living in Spring Lake with the children.
McNeill was in the process of moving, and there was no electricity in the home, authorities said.
The 8-year-old and his sister are in the care of the Department of Social Services, authorities said Thursday.