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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Police: Dad Admits to Slashing His 5-Year-Old Stepdaughter's Throat, Killing Her

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UPDATE: Police have released a transcript of the mom's 911 call. The British Columbia family was on vacation when something horrible happened. When police arrived, the 29-year-old father was sitting on the front porch of the Lake Cushman home (pictured at right). He told them his five-year-old daughter was inside, dead. And that it was he who'd slashed her throat after she'd made him upset. Video after the jump.

UPDATE: Peter James Wilson allegedly admitted to police that he killed his daughter, Clare Louise Shelswell, with a kitchen knife.

According to police, Wilson told them he was having an argument with his wife about punishing one of their kids. He told her not to worry and that he'd "take care of it."

Wilson then apparently took the girl downstairs. When she heard screaming, his wife came down to find her daughter holding her throat in a pool of blood.

He's been booked into the Mason County Jail for investigation of first-degree murder and is currently being held on $3 million bail.

UPDATE: Wife and mother Sarah Wilson is a nurse, but even she couldn't do anything to help save her daughter's life.

Warning: If you're a little squeamish, just the thought of what this mom is going through might be enough to make you feel sick. Or just overwhelmingly sad.

Wilson:"My daughter's throat has just been cut. I need you to come right now! I can't stop the bleeding."

911 operator: "OK, what's the address?"

Wilson: "I don't know. Near Cushman Lake. I don't know! I don't know where!"

911 operator: "Ma'am, you need to calm down and give me an address, or we can't come."

Wilson: "North Cushman Lake- she's bleeding so much, I can't stop it. Oh, my God! Oh, my God...Oh my God, my baby."

911 operator: "Keep pressure on it, please."

Wilson: "You have to come right now."

911 operator: "Ma'am, we're getting people en route right now, OK? ... Hang on. We're dispatching the fire department right now."

Wilson: (panting) "You have to come now, please."

911 operator: "Ma'am, they are. Please keep pressure on that wound. Don't take anything off of it."

Wilson: "Oh, my God, please. I don't think she's breathing."

Wilson tried to calm down enough to explain to the 911 operator what had just happened.

911 operator: "How did this happen?"

Wilson: "My husband took a knife to her throat."

911 operator: "Your husb- purposely?"

Wilson: "Yes."

911 operator: "Where is he now?"

Wilson: "He's here, but he's away from her."


911 operator: "Does he still have the weapon, ma'am?"

Wilson: "No, he does not."

911 operator: "OK, where is the weapon?"

Wilson: "It's on the floor in the kitchen - where I am, not where he is."

911 operator: "OK, where is he in the house?"

Wilson: "He's sitting in the next room, but he's pretty docile right now."

911 operator: "OK, why is he so docile?"

Wilson: "Probably because he's in shock over what he just did."


Wilson: "She is not breathing."

911 operator: "OK, then you're going to get her some air. Is there anybody else there who can hold that bandage on while you tilt the head back and give her CPR?"

Wilson: "Yeah, but I'm going to have to keep the phone down."

911 operator: "OK, just keep it as close to you as you can, and let me know what's going on."


Wilson: "Nothing is getting through to her chest. When I breathe through her mouth, it is all exiting out through the gash in her throat."