A young child was stabbed to death in her own bed by her mother’s distraught friend after the mom says her child drew a picture of the man to cheer him up.
Bella Rose Desrosiers, 7, of Edmonton, Canada, was stabbed to death on Monday night, says her mother Melissa as police charged her friend, tattoo artist David Michael Moss, 34, with second-degree murder for the alleged fatal stabbing.
Melissa claims Moss was having a personal crisis when he visited her home and had the picture of him drawn by her daughter.
The mother says she had just tucked Bella Rose in for bed when Moss allegedly came into her room and started stabbing the child in front of the mom and a younger sister.
Bella Rose Desrosiers, 7, of Edmonton, Canada, was stabbed to death on Monday night, says her mother Melissa as police charged her friend for the slaying
Bella Rose is pictured with her mother Melissa from an image posted on Facebook. Police have charged the mother’s friend, tattoo artist David Michael Moss, 34, with second-degree murder for the alleged fatal stabbing of the child
David Michael Moss, 34, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of seven-year-old Bella Rose Desroisers. He appears in two side-by-side images, showing off his tattoos in one of the pictures (left), posted on Instagram
Bella Rose’s passing also comes after her father took his own life last summer, the mom says, the CBC reports.
Melissa says her husband Ben took his life on July 16, 2019. The couple had been married for nine years.
The heartbroken mother spoke publicly about losing Bella Rose, who, ‘like her father had a huge kind herat that truly enjoyed life, reaching out to do anything she could to make others feel better.’
‘Her soul was beautiful, true and unique,’ Melissa said about Bella Rose, Global News reports.
The mother adds that child was known for setting up a lemonade stand outside her home to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
‘She will always be remembered as the lemonade stand girl,’ Mellissa says.
Bella Rose was known for setting up a lemonade stand (pictured) to raise money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital. ‘She will always be remembered as the lemonade stand girl,’ the child’s mother says
Bella Rose is pictured with her mother Melissa from an image posted on Facebook
The mother tells the CBC that she had planned to take Moss to a hospital right after tucking Bella Rose and her sister Lily, 4, into bed Monday night.
Melissa says she had just said goodnight to the girls when her friend burst into their bedroom with a pair of scissors.
That’s when Moss allegedly began stabbing Bella Rose. The mother said there was nothing she could do to save her child and that she ran out of the room with Lily to safety.
The last time the mother saw Moss, he was sitting on her couch, she recalls.
Police say they were called to the house near 25 Avenue and 43 Street at around 8:45 p.m. Monday after a report of a stabbing.
Moss was taken into custody when the cops arrived, police said. He was not named as a suspect until an autopsy had confirmed the cause of death. Sources tell the CBC that Moss is married and has four children.
‘It was reported that Moss stabbed the child in front of her mother. The mother tried to intervene and attempted CPR until paramedics arrived on scene,’ police said in a news release on Wednesday.
‘The girl was pronounced deceased at the scene.’
Moss has no prior criminal convictions. He is scheduled to be in court to face the charges filed against him Friday.