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5-year-old boy calls 911 after finding woman stabbed to death in West Valley

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5-year-old boy calls 911 after finding his mother stabbed to death in West Valley. (Photo: KUTV)

WEST VALLEY CITY (KUTV) — Police say two 5-year-old children sounded the alarm about a fatal stabbing in West Valley City on Saturday.

According to the West Valley City Police Department, at approximately 6:20 p.m., a 5-year-old child called 911 after finding Belinda Thomas with multiple stab wounds.

Officers arrived at the home at 3292 W. Chester Park Drive to find the trailer door open, and the 46-year-old Thomas bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to revive Thomas.

Officers to identified 50-year-old Darren Byrd as the suspect in the case. They identified the vehicle which he was driving and found Byrd in his vehicle in the area of 5400 West and 2400 South, where the took him into custody.

After questioning, Byrd was arrested for the following charges:

  • Aggravated murder, a first-degree felony
  • Domestic violence child abuse, a second-degree felony
  • Obstruction of justice, a third-degree felony
  • Domestic violence in the presence of a child, a third-degree felony
  • Possession of a weapon by a restricted person, a class A misdemeanor.

Police have not yet established the relationship between Byrd and Thomas, but say both lived in the trailer where Thomas was stabbed to death.

The Division of Child and Family Services took immediate custody of Thomas's 5-year-old.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story identified the child who called 911 as Thomas's son. In a release Monday, police said their investigation determined that was not correct. The child who called 911 was a friend of Thomas's son who had come to the home immediately after Thomas was attacked. That child and her son were together when the call to 911 was made. That child then notified his own parent, who verified Thomas had been attacked and also called 911.