Police seek 'person of interest' in murder of mother, infant daughter


by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News and KING5.com

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Posted on December 22, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 23 at 8:49 AM

SEATTLE – A 13-week-old girl and her mother were found shot to death inside a Beacon Hill home Tuesday morning. Now police are asking for the public's help in finding the baby's father, considered a person of interest in the case.

The baby's grandmother found the girl and the 28-year-old mother at about 10:15 a.m. in the 1300 block of S. Ferdinand Street. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Neighbors say the mother was trying to end her relationship with the father of her baby.

"She loved her baby. Her granddaughter was everything," said one neighbor. "I'm upset. I don't know what to say because it's a shock."

"This world's getting crazy," said another neighbor. "It's just getting crazy."

Three generations lived together in the home. And up until the time of the shooting, so did the father of the child, Thomas Hicks, a man detectives say is their person of interest.

Hicks, 29, is described as a light-skinned black male, 6-feet-4 tall, 160 pounds with brown eyes and short hair.

He may be driving a white 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck with a chrome tool box in the bed, with Washington license plate number A68135Z.

Police are now broadcasting Hicks' description to police agencies and warning that he has several guns registered to his name. The murder weapon, a large caliber handgun, has not been recovered. Police say Hicks should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Neighbors say they viewed Hicks as a bit of a bully, a far cry from the grandmother and daughter who they described as friendly and well-liked. They add if the person who murdered the mother and child is indeed Hicks, then he needs to be found.

"To me, he's more than a snake in the grass. He should be caught," said one neighbor.

If you seen Hicks or have any information on him, you're asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Homicide Unit at 206-233-5000.

Those wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or send a text to CRIMES (274637).  Your text message should include "TIP486" to ensure proper routing. If a tip leads to an arrest and the filing of charges, you may receive a $1,000 reward.