Husband of Woman, Child Found Dead in Texas Is Arrested in Colorado

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 22, 2016 Updated: December 22, 2016

The husband of a woman and her infant son who were found dead was arrested for murder, police told CBS DFW.

A few days ago, authorities said the deaths of a North Texas mother and her 3-month-old son have been ruled homicides after their necks were found to be cut. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported earlier this week said the deaths of 36-year-old Shanna Vandewege and her son, Diederick, remain under investigation. Their bodies were discovered last Thursday night. A funeral was held for the two.

CBS reported that Craig Alan Vandewege was jailed in Glenwood Springs, Colo., for allegedly speeding and failing to show proof of insurance to an officer. In a separate case, he was charged with murder police obtained a capital murder warrant, according to CBS.

The Tarrant County medical examiner in Texas ruled the baby’s death a homicide, caused by an “incised wound of neck,” the CBS report said, adding that Shanna’s throat was cut as well.

The officer who arrested Craig Vandewege said he refused to get out of his car at first, but after five minutes, he got out and was detained by the officer.

A search of his car revealed that he had boxes of different types of ammunition, a .22-style revolver, and an AR-15-type rifle. He also had bottles of medication, camouflage clothing, and empty gas cans, the report said.

Fort Worth police went to the house after receiving a call from Saginaw, Texas, police reporting a man had arrived at the home and found the woman and child dead.

Mark Riddle, Shanna Vandewege’s father, said his daughter worked as a registered nurse at an area hospital but was still on maternity leave. Shanna Vandewege and her husband had moved to Fort Worth from Colorado this year.

Further details in Craig’s arrest were not revealed

The Associated Press contributed to this report.