A 38-year-old grandmother, Charlene Fears, is accused of stabbing to death her 4-year-old grandson, Roderick Geiger III (pictured with his mother), at their Buffalo, N.Y., home last Wednesday.
WKBW-TV reports that police officers Robert Yeates and John Michael Mulderig were on a routine patrol when they were flagged down in front of the home as the alleged crime was being committed.
When the officers confronted Fears, she was reportedly holding butcher knives in both hands. Officers reportedly demanded that she drop the knives but she reportedly refused. Cops also say Fears lunged at one of the officers, forcing him to fatally shot her.
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Buffalo’s police commissioner Daniel Derenda says that it was a dire situation for the cops, according to the Associated Press.
“It became a life or death situation for the officers,” he said, citing the initial investigation.
Here is more on this story from the AP:
Neighbors told The Buffalo News they were first alerted to the stabbing when Fears’ daughter, the boy’s mother, began screaming, “Somebody killed my baby” and administering CPR.
Meanwhile, relatives of the slain boy’s father, Roderick Geiger Jr., said Thursday that they hadn’t heard from him since the stabbing and worried about his safety.
“We don’t have any idea where he is,” Timothy Geiger, Geiger Jr.’s grandfather and the slain child’s great-grandfather, told The Associated Press. “We’re hoping and praying he’ll surface soon. He was crazy about that little baby. It was his life.”