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‘I’m Telling You I Just Killed Somebody’: NJ Woman Allegedly Confesses In 911 Call To Killing Ex's Father
Yushika Taplin claims she was going to her ex-girlfriend's apartment to retrieve some belongings, but Kaila Singleton says the two haven't dated in years and there was nothing for her to pick up.
“I just killed somebody. I’m turning myself in,” a New Jersey woman told police hours after allegedly stabbing her the father of her ex-girlfriend to death, authorities said.
Yushika Taplin, 31, was charged with manslaughter last week in the slaying of Daycorey Singleton, 46, according to a joint statement from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lindenwold Police Department released to NJ.com.
The local outlet also obtained audio of the Camden woman's 911 call where she apparently confesses to the killing of Singleton on March 9.
"I'm telling you I just killed somebody ... it was a fight, but I killed him ... I stabbed him, I stabbed him multiple times ... I don't want to talk about it over the phone, you can just send a cop and I'll talk about it downtown," Taplin is apparently heard saying in the audio.
"I don't even know his name, all I know is he was the father of the girl I was dating," she tells the 911 dispatcher.
The woman later told police that she had gone to the apartment to pick up some of her property, but got into an argument with Singleton that escalated into violence.
Taplin told investigators that Singleton provided a key to the apartment, and that an argument began when she could not find any of her belongings, according to a probable cause statement for Taplin's arrest obtained by local newspaper the Cherry Hill Courier-Post.
Taplin allegedly stabbed Singleton "multiple times while in the heat of passion resulting from a reasonable provocation," a criminal complaint obtained by the Courier-Post claimed.
Taplin's ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Kaila Singleton, said her father "always came running" when it came to the needs of his family and seemed to dispute the killing was manslaughter.
Kalia went on to explain that she and Taplin had broken up years before, and Taplin had no property at the apartment — so Taplin's explanation for why she was at the apartment doesn't match with what she knew of her former partner.
Taplin got angry with her Sunday night and allegedly threatened to kill her, Kaila said. Taplin allegedly showed up at the apartment the following day, where she lived with her father.
“She came there with an intention to hurt somebody,” Kaila Singleton told NJ.com. “And it just happened to be my dad because he was the only one there.”
"I want to ask her why," Kalia said.
“I want people to know his family loved him, and I’m glad he’s with his mom now,” she said. “He was a loving man and he didn’t deserve this.”
Taplin is currently being held at a Camden County jail pending a detention hearing. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney who could comment on her behalf.