SALT LAKE CITY — A 15-year-old girl was brutally murdered in her home just moments after checking in by phone with her mother who then was forced to listen helplessly as her daughter was killed.
Police in Salt Lake City say Baleigh Bagshaw had called her mother Monday after school to let her know she had arrived home, when the killer struck.
Detectives say Bagshaw’s mother heard her daughter being “brutally attacked,” before the line went dead. The mother then called a neighbor to go check on her daughter and the neighbor called police.
Officers arriving on the scene found what they described as evidence of a “very violent attack,” with “quite a bit of evidence“ that was “widely spread throughout the home and throughout the area,” according to Sgt. Brandon Shearer of the Salt Lake City police.
Cops launched a nationwide manhunt for 24-year-old Shaun French, who had had a relationship with the teen and picked him up in Colorado three days after her slaying.
Before his arrest, French had been was charged with three counts of third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Police say he moved in with Bagshaw’s family in February 2017, and began carrying on a sexual relationship with her when she was 14 years old and he was 23.
He had later moved out.