Mom Shoots 14-Year-Old Daughter In The Head After She Called 911 During A Domestic Dispute

A Washington woman has been arrested after police say she fatally shot her 14-year-old daughter in the head as the teen tried to call 911 during a domestic dispute.

December 21, 2018

Svetlana Laurel [KIRO (screenshot)]

Svetlana Laurel [KIRO (screenshot)]

By: Catherine Townsend

A Washington woman has been arrested after police say she fatally shot her 14-year-old daughter in the head as the teen tried to call 911 during a domestic dispute.

Svetlana Laurel, 52, has been charged in the death of 14-year-old Natalie Gulizia.

Natalie called 911 on Tuesday night to report that her mother and father were fighting. Laurel had been let into her ex-husband’s home on Smithers Avenue South on Tuesday night by the divorced couple’s 12-year-old son, according to the Renton Police Department.

The King County probable cause affidavit stated that Laurel asked her son to show her around the house, which she had only visited once before, and told him she had brought him some of his clothes as a Christmas gift.

Laurel, a computer scientist, and her ex-husband met while both worked for Boeing in Texas. The couple divorced in 2015, and were reportedly still fighting over property. When her ex-husband and daughter Natalie returned home, “Svetlana was holding a Taser, and used it” on him, according to KIRO.

Laurel then allegedly zip-tied her ex-husband and son, and pulled out a pistol. She then told her ex-husband that she was going to shoot him because he “ruined her life,” according to court documents. Natalie ran upstairs and called the police from her bedroom. “When the mother found out she was calling 911, she shot her,” Cmdr. David Leibman of the Renton Police Department said.

The 911 operator could hear a woman screaming “You called 911!” followed by a voice that sounded like “blow your head off” and then zip-tie sounds, followed by screams and a loud bang, the police report stated.

The 12-year-old boy “hopped” to his sister's room and saw that her head was covered in blood, according to court documents. The children's father told police that he heard a gunshot, and that his ex-wife attempted to shoot him – but was unable to fire due to a malfunction in the pistol. After the gun jammed, the father said he struggled with Laurel and was able to take the weapon away from her.

Laurel was originally booked on suspicion of second-degree murder. According to prosecutors, it is likely the charge will be escalated to first-degree murder. She is currently being held in a Seattle jail without bail.

Next Up

Daughter Accused Of Strangling, Dismembering Mom; Disposed Of Body Parts In Dumpsters

Police say that Amara Lundy told them she had “grown tired” of her mother.

Deadly Dads: 5 Fathers Who Killed Their Own Kids

Give your dad a call this Father’s Day … and give thanks you weren’t born to one of these monsters.

What Led Gypsy Rose Blanchard To Want Her Mother Dead?

In a revealing prison interview, viewers watch as Gypsy Rose Blanchard comes to terms with her new captivity – which ironically may give her the freedom she always wanted.

5 Chilling Facts About Chris Watts, Who Murdered His Kids & Pregnant Wife

A look inside the mind of the man who coldly murdered his pregant wife and two toddler daughters in 2018.

Virginia Woman At Large For 5 Years After Allegedly Fatally Stabbing Her Mom

Alana Renee Cole, 45, remains at large; authorities say she should be considered dangerous.

NC Father Allegedly Raped & Killed His 15-Year-Old Daughter, Confessed To Cops

Joshua Lee Burgess faces multiple charges in connection with his daughter's death, police said.

Mom Charged With Killing 2 Babies Searched "How To Commit The Perfect Murder" Online

Investigators grew concerned when they learned that Stephany LaFountain had another baby daughter who had died in suspicious circumstances.

Mom Arrested After Her 7-Year-Old Son's Body Is Discovered In Colorado Storage Unit

Police believe the child may have been killed as long ago as last May.