A Pennsylvania man allegedly admitted to beating his girlfriend in front of his two young daughters after one of them pleaded, “Please stop. You are killing my mother,” the officials said.
Thaddeus McGrath, 35, was charged Tuesday with first- and third-degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child in the murder of his 31-year-old girlfriend Samantha Rementor in Bucks County.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the Courier Times, McGrath, who officials say later tried to kill himself, confessed to killing Rementor in his home “after driving me insane” on June 8. .
She reportedly told the police that she hit the rementor in her daughters bedroom with a black ladder and a lamp. Thereafter, he allegedly strangled his girlfriend with the rope of a lamp, the affidavit said.
McGrath said Rementor’s children, ages 5 and 2, witnessed the brutal murder, according to the affidavit.
“Stop. Stop. You’re killing my mom,” the eldest daughter of Rementor begged at the time.
Officers had a gruesome scene after McGrath’s mother alerted 911 after receiving a “possibly suicidal” call.
The affidavit states that the elder daughter of the rementor opened the door covered in blood. His younger sister was found sitting on a high chair inside the house.
According to the affidavit, the eldest daughter told police, “(McGrath) killed the mother because she was harassing him and then (McGrath) accidentally shot himself.”
Police found McGrath in a bedroom with a bullet wound to his face. He was still hospitalized at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia as of Tuesday.
The rementor was found dead in the bedroom with a blunt force blow to his face and the rope of the lamp still wrapped around his neck.
Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub said: “This man murdered Ms. Rementor in front of her children, then tried unsuccessfully to take her own life.”
“I can’t think of two more cowardly acts. Now he has to pay an exact price for his crimes. ,
Officials said the little girls, whose father had died of a heart attack in February last year, were in the custody of their maternal grandfather.