Bill named for murdered Md. mother, toddler advances

WASHINGTON — A proposal for a domestic violence prevention task force — named for a young Fort Washington mother and her daughter who police say died at the hands of the girl’s father — is making its way through the Maryland House.

“Many of you may remember the tragedy that took the lives of 26-year-old Neshante Davis and her 2-year-old daughter Chloe Davis Green,” said Sen. C. Anthony Muse, who represents Prince George’s County, as he introduced a proposal to establish the Neshante and Chloe Davis Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force.

Davis and her daughter were killed in February in a dispute over child support. She was on her way to work at Bradbury Heights Elementary School, where she was a teacher, when she and her daughter were gunned down at a condominium in Fort Washington. The child’s father, Daron Boswell-Johnson, has been charged with their murders. He reportedly told police he was angry over the $600 court-ordered payments.

“We believe this bill will be beneficial to the community because it will increase education in areas that are lacking. It will give other people more support,” said Davis’ sister Neshana Turner, who offered her testimony.

“There could be education,” Turner said. “The children will be able to pick up on things in the home they don’t know are violent triggers.”

With the backing of the Davis family, 44 senators and agencies such as the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence supporting bill Senate Bill 1143, Muse asked the judiciary proceedings committee to consider the rising instances of domestic violence.

Citing figures from the Network Against Domestic Violence, Muse said there were 238 domestic violence related deaths between 2010 and 2015. He asked the judiciary proceedings committee to consider the rising instances of domestic violence.

Recommendations for the task force will be presented to the governor before the end of the year.

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Megan Cloherty

WTOP Investigative Reporter Megan Cloherty primarily covers breaking news, crime and courts.

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