THE pleas of a blood-soaked five-year-old girl have been revealed as she desperately tries to save her mother, who was allegedly choked to death with a lamp cord by her lover.
Now a 35-year-old Massachusetts man faces multiple charges in the death of Samantha Rementer – including first and third degree murder and endangering the welfare of a child.
Thadius McGrath was charged June 28 in Rementer’s death, which occurred June 8 at her home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Police were alerted to Rementer’s apartment after McGrath’s mother called her fearing her son was suicidal, according to a criminal complaint filed with the Bucks County Attorney’s Office.
When the police arrived at the residence, a four-year-old girl covered in blood opened the door.
“[McGrath] Killed mommy for annoying him and then [McGrath] accidentally shot herself,” the girl is said to have told the police, according to the criminal complaint.
Another toddler was found in a high chair and safely removed from the home.
Both children were unharmed. According to reports, McGrath is not the father of these children.
Police searched the house and initially found Rementer in a bedroom where she was suffering from “blunt force trauma to her face” and had an electrical cord wrapped around her neck, according to the complaint.
A stepladder was also found in the bedroom.
McGrath was then found on the floor of another bedroom, covered in blood and missing teeth, the complaint said.
According to the indictment, he is said to have tried to take his own life by shooting himself in the head.
A black Smith & Wesson .9mm semi-automatic pistol was found near McGrath, along with a fired case.
Rescue workers attended to both victims, but Rementer was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Bucks County Attorney’s Office confirmed to The Sun that McGrath remains hospitalized at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and is now in the care of the Bucks County Department of Corrections.
A CONFESSIONAL PHONE TALK AND INTERVIEW
After the murder, McGrath allegedly called his father and confessed, the complaint said.
McGrath reportedly told his father that he choked Rementer to death.
The phone call took place on the afternoon of June 8th.
Three days later, the Bucks County Coroner’s Office determined that Rementer’s cause of death was ligature strangulation and the cause of death was homicide.
Police then interviewed McGrath on June 27, where he again confessed to the murder.
McGrath admitted to police that he killed Rementer “after she infuriated him,” according to the complaint.
He claims to have first hit Rementer with the stepladder and lamp before strangling her.
McGrath also told police he killed the woman in front of the two children and said they tried to stop him.
“Please stop, please stop killing my mother,” McGrath told police, one girl said.
He admitted he knew Rementer was dead because she was “purple,” according to the complaint.
A FAMILY MOURNS
The two young girls are now in the care of their grandfather, Bill Rementer.
The Courier Times reports that police told Bill Rementer that the older grandchild bit McGrath while he was carrying out his attack.
“I’m very, very proud of my two granddaughters,” Bill told the outlet.
A GoFundMe was started by Bill to support the two young girls.
“Police are calling Lilly a ‘rock star’ for the way she acquitted herself in an interview that day and afterwards,” Bill wrote on the GoFundMe page.
The girls’ father died of a heart attack in February 2021, Bill shared.
“I promise every penny raised here will go to my two granddaughters who now live with me,” added Bill.
More than $17,000 has been raised to date.
McGrath is also facing a child pornography case in Massachusetts after he was arrested on May 11, 2021 by the Massachusetts State Police Cyber Crime Unit and the Brewster Police Department.
He was due to appear in court on June 13.
The full list of charges against McGrath related to Rementer’s death includes first-degree murder, third-degree murder, endangering the well-being of a child, reckless endangerment of another person and possession of a crime device, according to the Bucks County Attorney’s Office.
“This man murdered Mrs. Rementer in front of her children and then unsuccessfully attempted suicide,” said Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub.
“I can’t think of two more cowardly deeds. He will now pay a heavy price for his crimes.”
McGrath was charged June 28 and denied bail.
The Bucks County Attorney’s Office told The Sun McGrath that he will be transferred to prison once he is cleared for incarceration by medics at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5667099/blood-soaked-girl-desperate-pleas-save-dead-mom/ The blood-soaked girl, 5, reveals her desperate pleas to save mother who was ‘choked to death with a lamp cord by her lover’.