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DC officer charged in Maryland woman’s death

PALMER PARK — A District of Columbia police officer was charged Friday in the death of a woman whose body was found along with that of her 1-year-old daughter in what authorities are calling a case of domestic violence.

Richmond Phillips was charged with one count of first-degree murder and was being held without bond, said Gary Cunningham, a deputy Prince George’s County police chief.

Phillips was arrested Friday after police found the body of 20-year-old Wynetta Wright. She was found Thursday evening lying in the Oxon Run Stream Valley Park with what Cunningham said was obvious trauma on her body. Her daughter, Jaylin, was later found dead in a car seat in Wright’s nearby car and may have died as a result of exposure to the heat, Cunningham said.

The two had been reported missing to the Baltimore County police department on Tuesday by Wright’s mother.

Phillips, 39, of Temple Hills, Md., was arrested after he came to a police station and made statements, though Cunningham would not say what he said or whether he had confessed. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney, and the voicemail for his home phone number did not appear to be set up to receive messages.

“It’s a tragic incident, obviously. We would hope that no one would have to endure this type of incident,” Cunningham said.

Cunningham said he did not know if Phillips was the baby’s father.

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