The Maryland man charged with murdering his 2-year-old daughter and her mother will remain behind bars.
A judge ordered on Thursday that Daron Boswell-Johnson, 25, be held without bond.
Boswell-Johnson confessed to waiting for NeShante Davis, 26, and their daughter, Chloe Davis-Green, outside their home early Tuesday and then shooting them each multiple times, court documents show. He was angry over being ordered to pay $600 per month in child support, sources told News4.
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The mother and daughter were shot outside their townhouse about 7 a.m. Tuesday in Fort Washington, Maryland.
While Boswell-Johnson was in court Thursday, one of his brothers expressed disappointment in him and empathy for the victims' loved ones.
"I knew Shante. She was a nice woman. Their relationship was cordial even though they weren't together," he said. "I feel sorry for the family and I hope they could forgive us as a whole family. You messed up, bruh!"
Outrage over the killings boiled Thursday inside and outside the courtroom.
A young woman screamed at one of Boswell-Johnson's brothers outside the building.
"Your brother's a f***ing monster, that's what he is," she yelled as a man held her back.
Anger also played out on Facebook, where comments on the suspect's page were so explosive, Facebook removed the page.
On that same page, Boswell-Johnson shared numerous photos of his son and daughter from another relationship, describing himself as a proud father, but did not mention little Chloe.
County offices have been flooded with phone calls about the killings and arrest, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.
"Our switchboard has received more calls than we have ever received on any case, saying to us how enraged they are and concerned they are," she said.
Boswell-Johnson, of Forestville, Maryland, was confirmed to be Chloe's father in December through a DNA test conducted as part of a paternity suit, sources said.
Boswell-Johnson faces two counts of both first- and second-degree murder. Information on an attorney for Boswell-Johnson was not immediately available.
According to the preliminary investigation, Boswell-Johnson went to Davis' and their daughter's home early Tuesday to confront Davis about the child support, officials said Wednesday evening at a news conference.
Boswell-Johnson was arrested Tuesday in Montgomery County, Prince George's County Interim Police Chief Hank Stawinski said. Boswell-Johnson waived his Miranda rights and provided a statement to Prince George's County police on Tuesday in which he confessed to the crime, according to court documents.
He told police he drove to Davis' home, parked down the street and waited for her to exit. Boswell-Johnson told police he then approached Davis at gunpoint and demanded she drop the petition he pay her $600 per month in child support. He then shot her and the toddler multiple times, he told police, court documents say.
Witness statements and surveillance video corroborate the confession, police said in court documents.
Chloe is the second child to lose her life to domestic violence so far this year in the county, Alsobrooks said.
"Forty percent of our cases so far this year have been domestic in nature," she said. "We’ve had 10 homicides, and four of them have been domestic."
Boswell-Johnson is due in court in March.