Puget Sound Newswatch
Slain Woman Had Sought Protection
EATONVILLE, Pierce County - A 19-year-old woman who was killed in her home early yesterday had tried but failed to get a restraining order against her boyfriend, authorities said.
Her 14-month-old son was wounded by a gunshot to the head, police said. He remained in critical condition this morning at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma.
Leia Kelsey died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, a spokeswoman for the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said. Her 19-year-old estranged boyfriend has been booked into the Pierce County Jail.
A Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman said the man, who was not the baby's father, had left the home last week.
Kelsey had filed a petition Friday in Pierce County Superior Court for a restraining order to keep the man away from her.
Court Commissioner James Marshall denied the request, saying he found no domestic violence or harassment.
"I've looked at it. I don't know that I would do anything different," he said after the death.
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