Sister charged in fatal FD stabbing
A man was reportedly stabbed to death by his sister Friday in Fort Dodge, according to police who said she was quickly apprehended at the scene in the 1400 block of First Avenue North.
The Fort Dodge Police Department identified the victim as 19-year-old Marcquis Dewain Collier, of Fort Dodge. Investigators said he died at Trinity Regional Medical Center.
He was stabbed in the chest, according to police reports.
Police identified the suspect as Vanita Briann Daniels, 24, of Fort Dodge. She was charged with voluntary manslaughter and was taken to the Webster County Jail.
Assistant Police Chief Kevin Doty said Collier and Daniels are brother and sister.
“We’re confident that she is the responsible party,” he said. “There’s no worry that there’s someone else out there in the community.”
The stabbing occurred at 1407 First Ave. N. Emergency personnel were called to the scene at 11:22 a.m. and found Collier laying in the front yard. He was treated at the scene by firefighters and paramedics before being transported to the hospital.
Police officers and Webster County sheriff’s deputies identified Daniels as the suspect and took her into custody.
Jennifer Benson, the first assistant Webster County attorney, said the crime of voluntary manslaughter occurs when a person kills another “in a sudden, irresistible passion resulting from serious provocation.” She said anyone convicted of that offense can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
Benson did not comment on the specifics of Friday’s incident.
The home at 1407 First Ave. N. is owned by Curtis and Juanita Bell, according to online records of the Webster County assessor’s office.
Collier and Daniels grew up there, according to Carress Mosley, a Fort Dodge resident who knows the family. She said the Bells, who are the grandparents of Collier and Daniels, raised them.
Mosley said Matthew Potter, a cousin of Collier, called 911 and attempted to revive him before emergency personnel arrived.
Daniels is the mother of three young children, she said.
Mosley was riding her bicycle Friday morning and stopped at her sister’s house in the 1400 block of First Avenue North just as Collier was being placed into an ambulance. She said Daniels stood across the street and made no effort to flee.
Fort Dodge police, Webster County sheriff’s deputies, Fort Dodge firefighters and paramedics from Trinity Regional Medical Center responded to the incident.