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Mother Killed 8-Year-Old Daughter, Left Body in Apartment for Days
The girl's body was found following reports of a domestic dispute.
6:50 AM PDT, September 21, 2010
VENTURA -- An autopsy is scheduled Tuesday on an 8-year-old girl who police suspect was killed by her 25-year-old mother and then left inside a Ventura apartment for several days.
Officers with the Ventura Police Department made the gruesome discovery after they were called to an apartment complex around 11:30 a.m. Monday after neighbors reported loud screams coming from inside the apartment.
When they arrived, officers found a man and woman in an altercation outside the apartment in the 1300 block of Saratoga Avenue, said police Sgt. Jack Richards.
The man, who is believed to be the woman's boyfriend, appeared to have stab wounds to his wrist and arm and was taken to a local hospital. Neighbors say they heard him crying, "She killed her daughter."
Inside the apartment, officers found the body of an 8-year-old girl who had apparently been dead for days.
Neighbors say the little girl's body was found in the bathtub.
Her mother, Blair Stockdill, was arrested and booked into Ventura County Jail on suspicion of murder.
Neighbors set up a makeshift memorial outside the apartment Monday night in honor of the slain girl.
One neighbor told KTLA that Stockdill struggled with drug addicition and may have started using again recently.
"I know she used to use and she had been sober for a while. She was bipolar and stopped using her meds and started using again," the neighbor said.
Police say Stockdill had only recently regained custody of her daughter.