Reports say Lah’tijera Howard, 26, admitted to stabbing her boyfriend, Darryl White, 34, and was undergoing counseling at the time of his murder.
Police did not find signs of physical injuries on the child but arrested Howard on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge after both White and the maintenance man told police Howard then struck White multiple times while holding the baby. Court records showed White was not arrested in connection with either incident.
Neither White nor Howard had filed for sole custody of their child, family court records showed. Howard initially agreed to media interviews Friday afternoon but later declined. She is due in court Monday morning.
Rosalyn Smith, a close friend of White’s who helped him land a few gigs in the modeling and entertainment industry, said White had considered leaving Howard in June and moving to Los Angeles but didn’t want to pull his family apart.
“Things started gettings really bad for Darryl in the last year with her,” she said, mentioning the stabbing.
She also said he was working two jobs and constantly stressed. Over the course of their friendship, Smith said White had made at least three different Facebook accounts because Howard often went through his profile page and deleted his female friends or deleted his account entirely.
Though multiple friends suggested that he leave, he didn’t, and spent as much time as he could with his son, Smith said. She couldn’t bear the news of his death Wednesday.
“Darryl was the type of guy that would help anybody for anything,” she said. “He was loved. It’s just hard to believe right now he is gone.”
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