CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Kentucky woman came to Boone County last week to take care of her grandchildren while her daughter coped with her ailing father.
On Tuesday, both women were found dead inside the daughter's Bloomingrose home. Police arrested the Kentucky woman's son-in-law Wednesday and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder and the sexual assault of an underage female family member.
Timothy Ray Parsons, 36, of Comfort, allegedly slit the throats of his wife, Leigh Anne Kinder-Parsons, 35, and his mother-in-law, Gloria Sue Kinder, 62, of Lexington, Ky., sometime over Monday and Tuesday, according to a criminal complaint filed in Boone County Magistrate Court.
Police also said he tied up and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old female family member after killing the two women, according to the criminal complaint.
Parsons led police on a manhunt for most of Tuesday after he ditched his 2004 Ford Mustang near Slaughters Creek in Boone County. Police in Boone and Kanawha counties were on the lookout for Parsons, fearing he hitched a ride and left the state.
Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller said they got a tip he was in the Rand area early Wednesday morning. Police discovered him behind DuPont Middle School, where he had apparently set up camp.
Police arrested Parsons and he was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. He was sent back to Boone County, where he was placed in Southwestern Regional Jail with no set bail.
'I was afraid of him'
Kinder had driven from Lexington to Boone County on May 5, her birthday, at the request of Kinder-Parsons, her youngest daughter, said Freda Cooper, Kinder's close friend and cousin.
A Bloomingrose native, Kinder had moved to Kentucky within the last few years to be closer to her oldest daughter, Cooper said.
Kinder-Parsons wanted her mother's help with the kids as she prepared for the eventual death of her father, Cooper said.
Kinder-Parsons' father, who is Kinder's ex-husband, is battling prostate cancer at Boone Memorial Hospital, she said.
That Saturday, Cooper said she bought Kinder a dinner, a spa facial and a haircut for her 62nd birthday.
"She said it was the nicest birthday she ever had," Cooper said.
The following week, Kinder didn't report anything out of the ordinary to her closest cousin while she stayed with her daughter and Parsons. The couple had only been married for a couple of years.
However, Cooper said Kinder always feared Parsons.
"A couple of times he had acted angry toward her and she didn't like that," Cooper said.
Cooper described Parsons as a quiet man. He made her uneasy when he and Kinder-Parsons visited during the holidays.