Florida man who killed wife, kids had history of domestic violence, records show

Chericia Brown was seeking a divorce from her husband Henry Ramone Brown. WESH TV image

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. —The murder of a domestic violence victim and her two young children in Seminole County Sunday night came after months of violent turmoil, according to court records.

Authorities said Henry Ramone Brown, 30, waited for his estranged wife, Chericia Brown, hiding in the trunk of her car outside a Chili’s restaurant in Lake Mary. When she tried to get into the car, Brown attacked, stabbing his wife multiple times.

Employees at Chericia Brown’s place of business, Quality Custom Distribution in Apopka, are feeling a sense of loss.

Her supervisor is listed in court records as having frequently checked on her well-being since her marriage to Henry Brown began to fall apart, putting her and the couple’s children, Henry IV and Aleah, at risk.

Investigators said that after Henry Brown stabbed and ran over his wife outside Chili’s, he picked up his children, who were with a babysitter at the Altamonte Springs apartment that the couple used to share.

Chericia Brown was seeking a divorce from her husband Henry Ramone Brown. WESH TV image
Chericia Brown was seeking a divorce from her husband Henry Ramone Brown. WESH TV image

Records show that in November Altamonte police were called to the couple’s home for a domestic disturbance, but no arrests were made.

According to a petition filed Dec. 21 in Seminole County, Chericia Brown discovered that her husband was having an affair and told him she wanted a divorce.

She recalled his violent reaction: “He pulled my hair and whispered, ‘If you take my kids away, I will personally kill you,’” the petition said. She said he was “grabbing my hair and hitting my head against the wall.”

Records show that Henry Brown tried to stuff socks into his wife’s mouth to cover her screams on another occasion. Chericia Brown told investigators that her husband would not allow her to have custody of their children.

A judge granted a permanent injunction in February to keep Henry Brown away from the couple’s apartment and from Chericia Brown’s workplace, but the state attorney declined to prosecute the Dec. domestic battery case, writing: “There is insufficient evidence to prosecute this case.”

Court records show that while Henry Brown was initially barred from being on the Crescent Place Condos property, Chericia Brown decided to move out and left her two children in the custody of Henry Brown.

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