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Mother murdered just 1 month after police dismissed domestic violence charges against her husband

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A New Jersey woman has been murdered in her home, allegedly by her own estranged husband, just a month after domestic violence charges against him were dismissed for an incident in which he allegedly broke into her house and assaulted her.

Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, had obtained a restraining order against and filed for divorce from her husband, Jeremiah Monell, with whom she had two children. Family members and friends said she had wanted to move to Tennessee to be near her family — and away from Monell — but a judge told her she could not move her children.

“It was living hell,” said Jen Messeck, a friend of O’Shea-Watson’s. “He beat her. She was constantly on the run from him. She wanted nothing more than to get out of here.”

“She didn’t have a voice,” added Penny Morey, another friend of O’Shea-Watson’s. “Nobody cared. She wanted to be heard, and nobody heard her. Domestic violence is real.”

Authorities said that O’Shea-Watson died after having been stabbed numerous times in the body, face, and neck. Her body was found by her son on the living room floor of their home. Monell, who has been charged with murder, led authorities on a two-week manhunt before officials captured him in a wooded area in Folsom, N.J.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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