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Boy, 2, Found Alone 2 Days After Parents & Grandmother Found Dead In Murder-Suicide

Fri, January 9, 2015 5:41pm EDT by 3 Comments
Toddler Boy Found Alone
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So devastating! A 2-year-old boy, Jacob Knauf, was found alone after two whole days in Palm Springs on Jan. 4 after his father allegedly murdered his wife, mother and then shot himself.

This Jan. 2 alleged double murder-suicide is just too tragic to fathom. An ex-marine, Daniel Knauf, 27, is believed to not only have taken his own life, but also authorities believe he fatally shot his wife, Bianca Knauf, 23, and his own mother, Sally Knauf. It was only two days later that his son, Jacob, 2, was discovered shaking and alone in a California apartment.

Little Boy Found Alone 2 Days After Parents & Grandmother Dead In Murder-Suicide

“Jacob Knauf was wearing an old diaper and ‘smelled of bodies’ when relatives came to check on the family on January 4,” reports the Daily Mail.

After Bianca went radio silent for four days, her family went to her Palm Springs apartment to check in on her and the family of three, including little Jacob and his father, Daniel. Sadly, what they discovered was much more gruesome than they ever could have imagined.

Although no one answered the door of the apartment, Bianca’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Benitez, spotted their grandson sleeping through a window.

The smart little boy woke up and then let his grandparents into the home, which is where they discovered the bodies of their daughter, son-in-law, and his mother — a special needs teacher in New York who was visiting her son and grandson during the holidays.

Jacob was left alone in that apartment for 2 days surrounded by his family’s bodies. He is very lucky to be alive.

Ex-Marine Daniel Knauf — Double Murder-Suicide

It was later revealed by authorities that Daniel, Jacob’s father, is suspected of killing his wife, his mother, and himself. Thankfully, he allegedly spared his son’s life during the massacre.

Now, Jacob is reportedly in the care of his maternal grandparents from his mothers side.

Daniel’s motive remains under investigation, but reports point to his recent purchase of guns as a source of tension both within his immediate and extended family.

So very sad.

Our thoughts are with Jacob and his remaining family members during this difficult time.

— Jordyn Shaffer