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$13,000 reward offered for ex-boyfriend charged with deadly Christmas shooting of mom, 2-year-old girl

Police said Timothy Brown should be considered armed and dangerous

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — A reward of up to $13,000 is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of a man police said killed his ex-girlfriend and her 2-year-old daughter in Spanish Lake on Christmas. 

Timothy Brown was charged with two counts of first-degree murder but has not been taken into custody. They said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

On Tuesday, CrimeStoppers announced a $10,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest. ThriVe — a nonprofit women's advocacy group that offers no-cost women's health services and material and educational resources — added $3,000 to the reward a short time later. The organization said it was "especially disturbed and distraught" about the case and wanted to help.

Police said Brown shot and killed Charese Garvin, 28, and her daughter, Alayah Butler, on Friday morning. Police said Brown was Garvin's ex-boyfriend and had previously "threatened that if he could not have Charese Garvin, no one would."

Witnesses said they saw Brown's car in the driveway of Garvin's home on Lakeside Lane at the time of the shooting, and a witness inside the home at the time of the shooting said he shot and killed both victims.

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Police said Brown should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Brown should not approach him. You can call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 and as to speak with investigators involving the case. Anonymous tips can be left with CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477. 

Garvin was a full-time paraprofessional with the Special School District. Paraprofessionals provide instructional, behavioral, and other classroom support.

Jennifer Henry, the Executive Director of Communications for Special School District, provided the following statement:

"All of us at SSD are saddened to learn of the tragic death of Charese Garvin and her daughter. Ms. Garvin joined the SSD family in August 2019, working as a paraprofessional in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Our thoughts are with her family and her school community during this very difficult time."

A GoFundMe account was created by Garvin's mother to help pay for expenses. Those interested in learning more or contributing should click here.

For more information about ThriVe, click here.