According to News 8, a Navy officer confessed to murdering his wife with a hammer and knife and setting fire to their home in the hopes of killing the couple’s baby.
George Dodson, 23, is facing numerous charges in connection with the alleged violent attack, which occurred after his wife told him she was in love with another man.Crews responded to a report of a fire at the family’s home in New London, Connecticut, around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
According to PEOPLE, a statement from the New London Police Department reads, “Upon arrival, the New London Fire Department observed signs of an active fire and immediately initiated services to extinguish the working fire.” “Firefighters discovered a 23-year-old female victim and a one-year-old male victim inside the residence.”
Shelby Dodson, the wife, was declared dead at the scene, according to CT Insider.The child was rescued from a crib on the second floor of the house by firefighters. He was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition on Friday. Prosecutors have charged Dodson with single counts of murder, first-degree arson, endangering a minor, tampering with evidence, and endangering a minor.
He is also charged with two counts of criminal attempted murder. Dodson is also charged with animal cruelty because the family’s two dogs were inside the house when he started the fire.According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Day of New London newspaper, Dodson’s wife suffered significant trauma to her head and torso.
According to the newspaper, Dodson also had self-inflicted wounds on his neck. Dodson was discovered covered in blood and soot by first responders. While speaking with a paramedic on the scene, he allegedly admitted to bludgeoning his wife with a hammer and stabbing her with a knife.According to the newspaper, Dodson allegedly told the paramedic, “I did this.” “I murdered her.”
According to reports, the Navy sailor confessed to murdering his wife because he was jealous that she was in love with someone else.”We opened up our relationship, and she found another man she loved more, and I couldn’t stand the thought, so I killed her,” Dodson allegedly told authorities, according to The Day.
He allegedly admitted to starting three fires in the house and purposefully leaving his son in the house in the hope that the fire would kill him. Dodson is a Navy second-class petty officer who joined in 2017 and previously worked as a nuclear-trained electronics technician. He has been assigned to the USS Newport News nuclear attack submarine at a nearby submarine base since 2019.
Dodson is being monitored for suicidal ideation at Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Center. His bail was set at $3 million by a judge, and his next court date is August 11.Neighbors told CT Insider they saw Shelby Dodson with the baby on the porch or out walking the child with her husband on occasion.
Elizabeth Maynard-White, who lives down the street from the scene, expressed her shock at what had occurred.Maynard-White told the news outlet, “It’s a quiet neighborhood.” “My heart continues to break.”
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