(NewsReady.com) – Colorado Springs Police launched a manhunt on December 26 that turned international. A woman accused of murdering two of her kids is now in police custody in London, England.
On the morning of December 19, the Colorado Springs Police Department received a call about a burglary at an apartment. When authorities arrived, they found 35-year-old Kimberlee Singler and her three children. The woman and her 11-year-old daughter suffered injuries. The other two kids, 7-year-old Aden Wentz and 9-year-old Elianna “Ellie” Wentz, were dead.
A subsequent investigation found no burglary took place. The 11-year-old is recovering from her injuries. The day after Christmas, police issued an arrest warrant for Singler. She’s charged with one count of assault, four counts of first-degree murder, three counts of child abuse, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.
On January 2, a spokesperson for Britain’s National Crime Agency announced authorities took custody of Singler on December 30. Law enforcement found her in Kensington, outside of London. On January 1, she appeared in the Westminster Magistrates’ Court and will remain in custody until January 29, her next court date.
Kevin Wentz, Singler’s ex-husband and the father of the two deceased children, issued a statement to the press saying he and his family were cooperating with police and “suffering a tremendous amount of grief and shock.” The couple divorced in 2018 and have been involved in a custody dispute since then. It doesn’t appear that the 11-year-old surviving victim was his daughter.
According to KDVR News, Wentz said Singler accused him of domestic violence and child abuse during the custody hearings. The court determined those claims were unfounded. But on September 14, Singler received a protection order against him in El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, after accusing him of brandishing a knife. The protection order was in place until a court hearing on January 24, 2024.
In November, Singler took the knife accusations to Larimer County Court and tried to have Wentz’s parenting time restricted. The court found there was no threat to the kids and ordered her to cover his legal expenses. She was also told to allow him to make up the parenting time he missed because of her claims. Singler refused to comply and didn’t give him the children on December 16 as she was ordered to.
On December 18, the court granted an emergency motion to allow the police to enforce the parenting time. That day, Singler is accused of murdering the kids.
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