Wynetta And Jaylin Wright Found Dead; DC Cop In Charged with Murder

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Video: Family Of Wynetta And Jaylin Wright Speak

Video: DC Police Officer Charged For Murder In Mom, Baby's Deaths

  • Richmond Phillips was arrested in the murder of Wynetta Wright
  • Jaylin Wright
  • Wynetta Wright

OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA) -- A DC Police Officer has been charged with first degree murder after a woman and her 11-month-old girl were found dead.

Wynetta Wright, and her daughter, Jaylin were found dead in the Hillcrest Heights section of Prince George's County Thursday night. Wynetta had trauma to her body, which was found in Oxon Run Stream Valley Park, while Jaylin was discovered in a car nearby two hours later. Authorities say Jaylin may have died from an apparent heat stroke after being left in the car for days, but an autopsy has yet to confirm that.

Court records indicate Wynetta Wright had filed a paternity case against Richmond Phillips. A court date was scheduled for Tuesday morning. Wright and her daughter had not been seen by family members since Monday night.

Phillips, an officer in DC's First District, is married with a 12-year-old daughter. The family, including Phillips' mother, lives at a home in Temple Hills.

Phillips' mother tells 9NEWS NOW there is "no way" her son murdered Wright. "If he did, he's crazy," she continued.

Phillips is being held without bond.

A spokesperson for DC Police says Phillips has been a member of the department since 2003. At this time, his police powers have been revoked.

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