Police said a suburban St. Louis woman was beaten, stomped and stabbed to death and her house was soaked in gasoline while two children were inside.

Officers responded to a house in Hazelwood early Sunday after a child called to say his mother was dead and his father had fled the scene, police said.

Officers found the woman dead inside. The children were taken to a hospital to be examined, police said.

The suspect's child called the police to say his mother was dead and his father had fled the scene.
The suspect’s child called the police to say his mother was dead and his father had fled the scene.
Hazelwood Police Department

Police said the victim was stabbed, stomped and beaten.

Gregory Smith III was arrested later Sunday on possible charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

No further information was released.



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