Brittany Russell


(NEWSER) – A killer is on the loose in Dayton, Ohio: Police say Brittany Russell, 29, was shot in the head while in her car outside an apartment complex, with her 6-month-old daughter in the backseat. An officer tells the Dayton Daily News that the child was uninjured, but "her saving grace" was that the car was running with the heater on.

It isn't clear how long Russell's body sat slumped over the steering wheel before it was discovered by the property manager around 9:30am Wednesday, reports WLWT and the Cincinnati Enquirer. Russell lived about 30 miles away in Middletown, and police are trying to retrace her last steps. What they know so far: Russell convinced a babysitter to let her take her daughter, Haven, around noon on Tuesday, though she didn't have custody. Haven's father, Chris Edwards, says Russell told him over the phone that she would return the child later that night.

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Photo: Middletown Police