A Missouri man is facing first-degree murder charges after a toddler and her parents were killed in rural southeast Missouri.
The victims have been identified as Samara Fontaine Kitts, 23, her 24-year-old boyfriend, Harley Michael Million, and their 17-month-old daughter, Willa Fontaine Million, the New York Post reported, citing a police source.
Drew Atchison, 24, of Williamsville, was charged on Monday, Jan. 29. with three counts of first-degree murder, armed criminal action, and child kidnapping.
- The victims: (L-R) Michael Million, Samara Fontaine Kitts, and Willa Fontaine Million. (Missouri Highway Patrol)
Atchison reportedly confessed to the killings, but provided no motive, according to the Kansas City Star, citing court documents.
The accused stabbed the adults to death at their home in Wayne County, Missouri, on Thursday, Jan. 25, the documents state, before loading the bodies onto a truck. Atchison then allegedly drove off, leaving the child alone overnight, locked in a room with dogs.
The following day Atchison reportedly came back to destroy evidence and collect the child. Afterward he discarded the murder weapon in the woods and concealed the victims’ bodies beneath some blankets and trash.
It is reported that Atchison then shot the little girl in the back of the head, before hiding her body with those of her parents.
The bodies were found Monday, a day after relatives contacted the police with information that they had not heard from Kitts or Million for several days.
According to the New York Post, a relative of the victims said in a statement that Kitts and Million weren’t married but had been a couple for eight years and were “amazing parents to Willa.”
Wayne County is about 140 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Atchison remains in custody.