Boyfriend charged with killing woman, child

Published: Nov. 24, 2009 at 12:51 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 27, 2009 at 3:03 PM EST
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27-year-old Earnest Stewart Daise (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
27-year-old Earnest Stewart Daise (Source: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office)
Jeanine Mullen (Source: WTOC)
Jeanine Mullen (Source: WTOC)
Walt Fredo Davis-Mullen (Source: WTOC)
Walt Fredo Davis-Mullen (Source: WTOC)

DALE, SC (WCSC) - A Beaufort County man has been charged in the murder of his girlfriend and her four-year-old son.

Deputies say 27-year-old Earnest Daise also shot his own son, who is recovering at MUSC.

The suspect was already in custody of investigators on drug charges. He now faces murder charges for the double murder that happened November 15.

The bodies of a mother and her four-year-old son were found shot to death in their Dale home on Player Road on November 16.

Resident Thelma Albany says their small close-knit community is reeling right now from the violence.

"All the EMS, the police, we saw and followed and called back and said Jeanine and her son were shot I said 'are you crazy?'" Albany said.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says they got the call at about 7pm the day after the triple shooting. A relative came to their home on Player Road and found 34-year-old Jeanine Mullen and her four-year-old son, Waltfreda dead inside.

Mullen's two-year old son was also injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital. Residents are scared after the shootings and they say they didn't see it coming.

"I wish I knew something about it but I don't because she was too sweet for anyone to harm," Albany said.

She says Mullen worked as a teacher'S aide at the school and was great around children. She was a mother to four boys.

"She took care of them nicely, always talked about her boys. She'd have her boys with her most places she goes," Albany said.

As hard as it is for them to accept Jeanine's death, Mullen's neighbors say the whole town is especially upset at the death of the four-year-old, Waltfreda.

"I don't see how a person can hurt an innocent child. It's bad, very, very bad," Albany said.

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