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Police find baby girl, search for her father after mother’s slaying in west Charlotte

Police officer discusses Charlotte's first homicide of 2018

At the time of this police update, an infant was missing after her mother was found dead. The baby was later found safe. Police are still looking for her father.
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At the time of this police update, an infant was missing after her mother was found dead. The baby was later found safe. Police are still looking for her father.

A woman was shot and killed in west Charlotte Thursday afternoon in what Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are calling a domestic incident.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Carlyle Drive around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, where they found 23-year-old Brittany White with a gunshot wound inside a home. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Jonathan Bennett, also 23, is a suspect. Bennett and White had an infant daughter together, and Bennett took the child with him after the shooting, police said.

Shortly after 5:30 p.m, police said they found the infant, Journei Bennett, “safe and unharmed.”

Police continued searching for Journei’s father and asked the public for help in finding him. Jonathan Bennett should be considered armed and dangerous, police warned.

A second child was in the home but was not hurt, police said.

Jonathan Bennett
Jonathan Bennett Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

Police have yet to say where they found Journei, who is not quite 3 months old.

Police said Jonathan Bennett was last seen driving a white Ford Expedition with New York license plate HUP3071.

Anyone with information on Jonathan Bennett’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 704-432-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

Thursday’s killing was the city’s first homicide of the year and the first since Dec. 22, following a particularly deadly year in Charlotte.

LaVendrick Smith: 704-358-5101; @LaVendrickS

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