Beating death of mother of 2 under investigation

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - A mother of two was killed inside her home overnight, and her family said the victim's youngest daughter witnessed the killing.

Police responded to an assault call in the 6000 block of Hertford on Houston's south side to find HFD paramedics giving medical assistance to the woman, identified as Amanda Baird. She was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to police, Baird, 33, suffered blunt force trauma.

Family members told KPRC 2 that Baird has two daughters, a 10-year-old and a 4-year-old.

"She had two great kids. Young, and she is going to be missed," said Ronnie Bateman.

Witnesses told police they believe her ex-boyfriend was at the residence and an argument occurred. After the argument, family members said the suspect left the scene. Police said he was not at the scene when officers arrived.

Baird was said to be in an on-and-off-again relationship with him.

"They would break up, get back together, break up and get back together. She tried to break up with him, but he didn't want to break up with her," Bateman said.

A friend of the victim came over to the home in the early morning hours and found the body.

Baird's 4-year-old daughter was standing by her mother's lifeless body in tears.

"She kept saying, 'My momma's dead. My momma's dead.' That's it," said Bateman.

Baird would have celebrated her 33rd birthday Tuesday.

Family members gave KPRC 2 the name of Baird's ex-boyfriend who is believed to have committed this crime, and the Medical Examiner's Office said a man with the same name was found dead from an apparent suicide by hanging Tuesday.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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