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San Diego Police homicide detectives investigating death

Body found in Mountain View apartment
Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 25, 2017

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – A man suspected of killing his live-in girlfriend, while her children were in the other room, is behind bars.

San Diego Police homicide detective arrested Damon Edwards, 40, hours after they announced he was wanted for the homicide of Mickette Smith, 38.

“He took my baby. That was my baby. That was my life,” Mickette’s mother, Dorothy Joe Smith, said.

Dorothy Joe Smith told 10News her grandchildren, Mickette’s nine-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son, were downstairs Friday morning.

“He did it while my grandchildren were in the house," Dorothy Joe Smith said. "He was a coward and ran downstairs and told them not to go upstairs as he fled."

Mickette’s nine-year-old daughter became suspicious, she said.

“So, she and her brother were up there, and they tried to wake [Mickette], and she says when they touched her arm to wake her there was blood on there,” Dorothy Joe Smith said.

Smith suffered trauma to her head and upper torso, SDPD said. She was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical crews.

Family members said the couple had been together, on and off, for six years.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call SDPD's homicide unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.