KENTON — The moment her ex-boyfriend showed up at her home Tuesday, Teresa Botchlett Nelson picked up the phone and dialed 911.
She remained on the phone as he tried to break in, frantically asking for help as deputies were dispatched to the rural Kenton home where she lived with her grandmother and 8-year-old daughter.
It was less than 10 minutes away for deputies but not enough time to save the 28-year-old Nelson. Justin Douglas Manns busted down the door and stabbed Nelson multiple times. She died at the scene.
The 22-year-old Manns from Kenton then stabbed himself in the chest taking his own life.
It all happened in front of her daughter and her grandmother, both of whom were home.
Deputies tried to get to the home as fast as they could but they just couldn’t make it in time to save her, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart said.
“She stayed on the line with the dispatcher throughout the whole time,” Everhart said. “By the time we arrived, he gained entry and killed her.”
Investigators were at the home at 10146 county Road 195, east of Kenton, all day Tuesday. While it seemed clear what happened the investigation will continue to wrap up the case, Everhart said.
The bodies were sent to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office for autopsies as standard procedure.
Nelson initially called the Sheriff’s Office around 10 a.m. reporting an unwanted person at the home. The call quickly changed when Manns started attempting to break in.
Children Services were brought in to help care for Nelson’s daughter, Everhart said.
“Anytime you have a child involved it pulls on our heart stings because the majority of us are parents,” Everhart said.
Everhart also called a chaplain in to assist any members of the Sheriff’s Office to help any member of his agency cope. Such events can be tough on members of the Sheriff’s Office, he said.
“Our goal is to save lives,” Everhart said. “We always second guess ourselves.”
The incident will be reviewed to determine whether deputies or any member of the Sheriff’s Office could have done something different but Everhart said Tuesday’s incident happened so fast with deputies too far away to get there in time.
“He was predetermined. He had his mind made up, there’s no question,” Everhart said.