In Washington DC, a 42-year old man, Jeff Lytle was arrested due to the content of a text message he mistakenly sent to his former boss instead of a hitman.
The alleged text contains an order from Jeff Lytle to a hitman to kill his Filipino wife, Rhoda Mee Funtanilla Lytle, and four-year-old daughter.
According to reports, Jeff Lytle needed his family dead so he can claim a $1.5m Life Insurance.
The former boss who received the text on February 7th 2017, notified Snowhomish County Sheriff’s Office and Jeff was subsequently arrested on two counts of criminal solicitation for first-degree murder.
The court record indicates that Jeff Lytle is yet to enter a plea to the charges he faces, therefore, he will remain in police custody until a $1 million bail is made on his behalf.
Jeff Lytle wrote in the text:
“Hey Shayne how’s it going. You remember you said that you would help me kill my wife. I’m going to take you up on that offer.
“Life insurance is worth 1 million (and there’s a bonus if) you can kill my four-year-old daughter. If you can make it look like a robbery gone wrong or make it an accident she works at Walmart she gets off at 11:00. I’ll split everything with the insurance 50/50.”
According to the police, the suspect initially denied the message was from his phone, then later admitted he sent it but claimed the message was his way of venting his anger on his wife.
In an affidavit Lytle signed, it stated that he did not know any hitman named Shayne, and that the text in question was written months ago following an argument he had with his wife.
He also told investigators that he usually deletes such messages, stating that his daughter may have sent the message intentionally to his former boss after discovering it in his draft folder.
According to the criminal complaint, Lytle’s wife told police she and her husband had been married for seven years and she can’t remember then having any serious marital distress. However, she pointed that they have been struggling financially as Lytle has been out of work.
Similarly, in Ogun state Nigeria, a 40-year old woman, Foluke Owolewa was arrested for allegedly killing her one-day old baby.
According to the investigation from Sango Ota Police Divisional Headquarters, Foluke killed her baby girl just immediately after she gave birth to her at her home located at No. 17, Ilupeju Street, Anishere Unity Estate, Sango Ota.
On interrogation, the suspect claimed that she already had two other children and can not afford to cater for them or an extra child.
Further investigations revealed that this was not the first time Foluke made an attempt to kill her child. Earlier, she threw her daughter into a pit toilet few days after delivery, but the baby girl survived after she was miraculously rescued.