The boyfriend of a mother found dead in her bedroom, while her two children were at home in Mountain View was taken into custody Friday.
The victim has been identified as 38-year-old Mickette Smith, said San Diego Police Lt. Todd Griffin.
Smith's 17-year-old child was not in the house at the time.
Her boyfriend, 40-year-old Damon Edwards was arrested and booked into jail. He is facing a charge of first-degree murder.
The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department (SDFD) received the initial call requesting medical aid for the victim. There were multiple 911 calls, including at least one from the victim's children, said Griffin.
When first responders arrived, they found a woman lying on the floor in the upstairs bedroom with fatal trauma to her head and upper torso.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene, said police.
Upon discovering her body, the fire crew left the home and alerted police around 9:15 a.m.
Police said a large number of extended family members arrived at the scene. The victim's children are currently safe with family.
An investigation is underway with San Diego Police Homicide Detectives.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the homicide unit at (619) 531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
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