The former Metro police detective arrested on a murder charge made her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. The 55-year-old woman is accused of shooting her former son-in-law 10 times, according to the district attorney.
“He was shot ten times. Most of them were defensive when he tried to block them,” said Dan Mandarino, Sean Babbitt’s step-father. “His fingers were blown off.”
According to family members, Sean Babbitt, 32, was killed Monday after he went to Pamela Rene Schoening’s home for a visitation with his 3-year-old son.
“Sean has a loving family and we are all pulling together. He has aunts, uncles, his girlfriend is here,” said Dan Mandarino, Sean’s stepfather.
He described Sean as a nice, passive person who never harmed a fly.
“He loved his family and he loved his son Brandon, who he actually worked two jobs so he could pay $800 a month child support for him,” Mandarino said.
Police say Babbitt had gone to the home for a supervised visit with his son who is Schoening’s grandson. After the visit, Babbitt’s ex-wife who was upstairs with the boy heard an argument and several gunshots. She called 9-1-1.
“They had her walk up the street and arrested her, and they took the little boy and the daughter out that window up there,” a nieghbor said.
Mandarino said Babbitt had filed a motion to spend more time with his son. According to the Babbitt’s divorce decree obtained by 8 News Now, he was only permitted to visit his son once a week, and the visit was only for one hour. The visitation was contingent up on Babbitt going to therapy weekly.
Prosecutors believe the request for more visitation may have led to the deadly encounter.
According to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Babbitt had defensive wounds from using his hands to try and block the gunshots and lost fingers in the process. He was shot in the head and torso.
Schoening is currently being held without bail.