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Happy Fathers Day: “Daddy Stabbed Mommy”

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From the Indianapolis Star:

Husband sought in Hendricks Co. killing

By Bruce C. Smith
Posted: June 22, 2009

BROWNSBURG — Two girls sleeping with their mother ran from the bed as their father stabbed her to death, Hendricks County police said today.

“Daddy stabbed Mommy,” one of the girls said to a dispatcher as she called 911 about 20 minutes after witnessing the violence around midnight Sunday.


Joseph Warnock

Police have a warrant for Joseph L. Warnock’s arrest on a charge of murder in the stabbing death of his wife. At noon, Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office authorities continued to search for the father using bloodhounds on loan from Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. 

They described Warnock as a physically fit, avid runner, and believed he could be around Eagle Creek Park. The bloodhounds were at the Warnock home in the 10400 block of Splendor Way in the Eagle Crossing subdivision, about a half-mile west of the Marion-Hendricks county line off 56th Street. 

Joseph, 41, and his wife, Angela Warnock, 38, were seeking a divorce. As part of court proceedings on Friday in Hendricks Superior Court, Angela had obtained a two-year extension on a protective order to keep her husband away from Angela and the girls. 

Detective Sgt. Charles Morefield of Hendricks County Sheriff’s Office said shortly before midnight Sunday that Joseph busted a back door on the patio of the home. Instead of driving to the subdivision, he’d parked his white Mitsubishi in a church parking lot and walked across a field to get to the house, police said. They have recovered the car and Joseph’s cell phone today. 

The two girls, ages 8 and 12, were sleeping in bed with their mother when Joseph came into the room and began stabbing Angela, the girls told police. The girls said they ran into a closet, escaping any injury, where they hid for at least 15 minutes while their father was in the home. When he left, they called 911.

Rest in Peace, dear Angela.

Also see:  Crime of Passion? No, it was MURDER


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  1. […] They described Warnock as a physically fit, avid runner, and believed he could be around Eagle CreekRead more at […]

  2. I can surely understand the rage that Joe felt after the 2 year extension was granted. I don’t know how I would react if my ex-wife was keeping me from seeing my kids for 2 years. Joe was all about those kids, and when the only thing you are living for is taken away from you, you never know what can happen. I don’t condone what he did, I just question his methods. No matter what problems Joe and Angela had, the kids should never be a negotiating tool.


    June 23, 2009 at 5:42 pm

  3. Carl, I definitely agree, kids should never be a negotiating tool! But there was obviously a need for the protective order…even if it didn’t protect her. Most parents don’t resort to actions like this. Did Joe really think this would help his position with his daughters? Will they love him any more for doing this? Something more has to be done to prevent violent situations like this. Thanks for your comment.


    June 24, 2009 at 12:01 am

  4. […] Also see:  Happy Fathers Day: “Daddy Stabbed Mommy” […]

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