Grisly murder-suicide in Harlem as man kills wife and daughter, then himself

The couple had been going through divorce proceedings, sources familiar with the investigation said.

Detectives are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Harlem on Wednesday in which a man allegedly murdered his wife and their 5-year-old daughter, then hung himself.

Officers from the 28th Precinct made the grisly discovery at around 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night in responding to a 911 call at the apartment on West 121st Street near Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard.

According to police sources, a relative called 911 to ask police to conduct a wellness check on the family after not hearing from them.

Upon entering the home, cops found a 42-year-old woman dead in the bathroom and her 5-year-old daughter deceased in a bedroom. Both had suffered what police sources described as severe neck trauma.

Cops then found a 46-year-old man dead from apparently hanging himself inside another bedroom.

Based on preliminary information, law enforcement sources believe the 46-year-old man slashed his wife and daughter to death before taking his own life. The couple had been going through divorce proceedings, sources familiar with the investigation said.

WABC-TV reported that the couple had also had a history of domestic violence incidents, but cops could not immediately confirm that information to amNewYork.

Police have not yet released their identities, pending family notification. The investigation is ongoing.

— With reporting by Robert Pozarycki of amNewYork

Associated Press