A Chicago girl was stabbed to death by a man she called her step-father on Sunday. John Singleton, 31, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 12-year-old Alexis Stubbs, according to the Associated Press. He allegedly confessed to beating and stabbing the girl and is now in jail without bail.
According to DNA Info, an argument erupted over housing and cigarettes. The girl’s mother had left the apartment briefly to get cigarettes when Singleton allegedly attacked Alexis with a hammer before stabbing her 11 times. Singleton repeatedly tried to call Stubbs' mother. In a call that went to voicemail, the girl can allegedly be heard screaming, "Please daddy, don't."
The girl’s mother called 911 and applied pressure to the girl's wounds when she got into the apartment, prosecutors said, as Singleton ran off and allegedly sent "taunting text messages."
In one of the messages, according to the Chicago Tribune, Singleton wrote, "See wat u made me do ... u gon pay for this.”
Six hours later, Singleton was arrested after police found him hiding in a nearby portable toilet at a construction site, according to DNA Info.
The man has an alleged history of violence. He attacked Stubb’s mother in 2014 and pleaded guilty to domestic violence, according to the AP. He was recently released from prison in April for that charge. On Tuesday, Singleton’s public defender said that Singleton had a history of mental health issues.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services said they were in contact with Stubbs last year over a child-neglect allegation they deemed uncredible.