CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Hurricane man was in a fit of rage when he stabbed and killed the mother of his child Wednesday night before killing himself, police said Friday.
"It was a textbook crime of passion," according to Detective Larry Angell of the Hurricane Police Department.
At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, police went to Kelly's Cove, a Hurricane subdivision, to check on Katherine "Kate" Nicole Taylor, 33, and Christopher Wayne Kinder, 41.
Kinder apparently had called a relative and said the front door of the house was open, Hurricane police Chief Mike Mullins said. The relative then called police to check on the couple.
When police arrived, they found Taylor and Kinder dead. Taylor had multiple stab wounds and Kinder apparently had shot himself in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun.
"Having concluded the investigation, we feel comfortable in saying it was a murder-suicide," Angell said. "We know how it took place, we believe.
"Everybody has moments of sudden rage, issues -- that are contrary to being premeditated," he said. "There's nothing premeditated here."
The couple's 9-month-old baby was found in the house. Angell said Kinder had "placed the baby in a safe location" before he killed Taylor.
State Child Protective Services workers released the baby to Taylor's mother Thursday.