A Tennessee mother and her daughter-in-law were viciously stabbed to death as children hid from the attacker. The horrific act of rage was carried out by someone who was related to the victims and the terrified children!
John Donaldson, the alleged killer, was arrested by undercover detectives in Nashville mere hours after the two horrific fatal stabbings. One of those killed was Donaldson’s mother. The brutal slayings happened in two separate households.
Earlier that day, Donaldson knocked on the door of his mother’s apartment and was let in by his nine-year-old nephew, according to investigators.
Metro Nashville Department Police spokesperson Don Aaron said: “According to one of the kids, he immediately came inside and attacked his mother with a knife.”
The 32-year-old suspect is accused of fatally stabbing his mother, Jacqueline Pritchett.
Donaldson allegedly then moved on to his sister-in-law, Genell Stewart-Tuggle, who was also in the home at the time. She was critically injured in the attack as she shielded the nine-year-old boy and a seven-year-old girl from the suspect, according to cops.
Stewart-Tuggle was being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The two children were not harmed in the incident.
Cops say Donaldson stole the keys to Pritchett’s car and then drove to another residence where his brother and another sister-in-law lived.
“No one came to the door, so he kicked it in. This sister-in-law – Jasmine Donaldson — was in the bathroom when he entered and attacked her with a knife,” the police spokesperson said.
Jasmine Donaldson was killed in that attack. Both Jasmine and the suspect’s mother were found with multiple stab wounds in the head and neck, local media reported.
A seven-year-old girl who was home at the time of the second stabbing hid from the carnage, as did her cousins in the other home – like the other two children, she too was unharmed during Donaldson’s violent rampage.
Donaldson was arrested in the parking lot of a motel in West Nashville after police issued an alert to the public.
“John W. Donaldson, 32, is wanted for two domestic-related stabbing murders,” Metro Nashville PD wrote in a Tweet.
They shared a photo of the stolen Kia Forte he was believed to be driving.
Donaldson had recently been warned to stay away from Pritchett’s apartment, NewsChannel5 Nashville reported.
He has a criminal record dating back to at least 2017, when he was convicted of robbery, according to the outlet.
In 2019, he was reportedly convicted of multiple charges, including domestic assault.
In the two brutal stabbings, Donaldson was charged with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to arrest warrants.
A motive remains unknown.