Racine mother dead, father in custody after fleeing state with daughter

Racine mother dead, father in custody after fleeing state with daughter

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Feb 8, 2012 - UPDATED: Feb 8, 2012

RACINE- Racine police say Gwynevere Wright, 27, was found dead in the upper unit of the home on 900 Racine St.

Chicago Police tell Newsradio 620 WTMJ that her two-year-old daughter has been found safe and her husband has been placed in custody there she was found dead Tuesday evening.

Police had originally responded to that home after a report of an assault around 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Neighbor Antonio Servantez told TODAY'S TMJ4 he could hear that family fighting Tuesday night.  "We just heard loud ruckess… you know… banging.  But we thought nothing of it because it happens all the time.  They fight a lot," said Servantez.

But things took a horrific turn, when a 9-year-old boy came banging on his door.  "He was crying  very hard… saying 'help, help, help.'  And I asked him, like, what do you need help for?  And he said 'my mom, she's on the bed, she's bleeding'.  And I said where's your father?  And he said, he left with the baby," said Servantez.

After reaching the home, authorities discovered that Iryin Vaughn, 25, drove himself and Iryana Vaughn, 2, in a blue 1998 Ford Explorer, Illinois license plate L320893 to Illinois.

The apparent murder of the child's mother in Racine led to an Amber Alert Wednesday morning which has now ended.

Someone who heard the Amber Alert in Chicago spotted the car, and the girl was discovered.

The child was taken to a Chicago-area hospital, but there was no word on any injuries.

"We responded to an address here in Racine and are currently investigating a homicide," said Racine Police Sergeant Martin Pavilonis.

"It appears the male and the homicide victim lived together here in Racine, and the two-year-old girl was the daughter," said Pavilonis.

He confirmed the victim is the 27-year-old mother of Iryana Vaughn, and he said they would like to talk to the girl's father, Iryin Vaughn, about the murder. 

Witnesses were shocked.

"I just heard a bunch of arguing and fighting," said Donna Matson, who lives next door.

"To come out this morning and see something like this is real shocking.  Real shocking," explained Chris, another neighbor.

"He is from the Chicago area.  He spends a bit of time in the Chicago area," said Pavilonis.

He explained that police have responded to that home for situations in the past.

"I know he beats on her," repeated Matson.

Investigators had not named Vaughn as a murder suspect yet.

"We would anticipate we would go down there and speak to him," said Pavilonis.

According to online court records, Vaughn has open court cases involving a hit-and-run crash causing injury and retail theft.  He also pleaded guilty to refusing to take a test for intoxication after being arrested.

There was no word on when Vaughn would be extradited to Racine.