Whitestown, Indiana–After her divorce from Michael Stayer was finalized last month, Beth Stayer was moving on and making a new life for herself and her children. Just two weeks ago, Beth purchased a condo in Whitestown, where she resided with the couple’s two young children, ages 2 and 5. By all accounts, Beth was an intelligent and kind-hearted woman who loved her children, her life, and her job as a postpartum nurse. At just 34-years-old, Beth had a long and fulfilling life ahead of her. Michael? He wasn’t having it.
Michael placed a call to 911, from Beth’s home, Friday morning to report that his ex-wife had assaulted him with a hammer. When paramedics arrived at the scene, Michael was treated for a hand injury that he said he received when Beth attacked him. What led police to search Beth’s home is unknown, but, shortly after their arrival, Beth was found in her 2-year-old daughter’s bedroom, with her face and skull bashed in. Unfortunately, Beth did not survive the beating…she died the next day. There was a witness to the violence Michael dished out on his ex-wife…the couple’s 5-year-old son.
According to a police affidavit, when the child was interviewed, he told investigators that he heard noises and screaming coming from his sister’s room and went upstairs to see what was going on. He stated that “dad had hit mommy” and that his father had used a hammer and “a killer,” which police believe was a tire iron found in Michael’s vehicle. When asked if his parents had ever been violent with each other before, the little guy said he didn’t want to talk about it anymore. After police got to the scene, Michael’s brother, David Stayer, arrived and wanted to take the kids and Michael’s vehicle, which potentially had evidence inside. He was denied, and investigators are now searching Michael’s cell phone records to see if he called or texted any instructions to his brother.
Michael Stayer, 31, is being held in the Boone County Jail without bond on charges of murder, aggravated battery, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, and domestic battery. Both children have been placed in a foster home for the time being.