17-Year-Old Dies At Hands Of Ex-Boyfriend After Warning Women About Domestic Violence
Just two weeks ago, LaShonda Childs wrote a Facebook status warning women about the dangers of domestic violence and this week, she was killed by her ex-boyfrined Trendell Goodwin.
Nina Childs, LaShonda’s mother told WHIO.com, that Goodwin and Childs started dating last September. Shortly after their relationship began, Childs realized that Goodwin, 28, lied about his age. He told Childs he was 20-years-old. It was one of many signs that would point to alarming characteristics.
By January and February of this year, Goodwin bit LaShonda, drawing blood. He would go on to seal her phone and harass the family.
“He was the type of guy who would call you 70 times a day. Nonstop. It was aggravating as well as annoying and scary.”
Nina Childs said that even after her daughter broke up with him, he continued to reach out, even following her home.
LaShonda’s brother Jaylon Childs said, “She was really in the process of leaving.” LaShonda had filed an order of protection against Goodwin. But her mother said it was never served because Goodwin kept avoiding it.
Nina said that eventually, LaShonda confided in her about the way Goodwin was treating her. It lined up with the message she posted on Facebook detailing the abuse she had experienced at the hands of Goodwin and warning other women to steer clear of this path.
Two weeks later, police were knocking on her mother’s door telling her that LaShonda had been involved in an altercation and was in the hospital.
Nina said by the time she arrived there, detectives asked if she knew what happened.
“I told them there was a protection order in place,” Nina said. “The basic reason was that she did not want to date him. He had posted lots of things on Facebook that he would kill her.”
Then detectives told her that LaShonda had been shot. Nina said that she needed to take a minute before she went to see her.
“I couldn’t see my child like that,” she said. “I just couldn’t do it at that moment.”
By the time Nina went back to see her, she knew her daughter was dead.
“It was very obvious,” she said. “Looking at her I knew she had already died.”
At around 1:20 a.m. the next morning, Wednesday, Nina received a call from Grandview hospital saying that LaShonda had died.
Both Nina and Jaylon, her bother who that Goodwin spends the rest of his life in prison without a chance of parole.
“Whatever happens to him, I can’t get my sister back,” Jaylon said. “As long as justice is served, there may be some peace.”
There were signs that Goodwin was going to behave in this way. In addition to the posts from LaShonda, Goodwin also shared a few of his own.
Goodwin made threats against Childs.
He also warned other women about domestic violence.
“I just want to tell all the young girls, all the females, families, friends, if you see the signs, don’t ignore them,” Jaylon said. “Do what you got to do. Use the resources. There’s too many out here not to.”