PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) —  A mother and her baby disappeared the night before a paternity hearing.  The man called to that court appearance is now in jail for the murder of that woman and her child.

Andrea Fujii explains that man, a police officer, is facing more charges.

A D.C. police officer charged with the murder of a 20-year-old woman now faces a manslaughter charge for killing a 1-year-old girl who may be his own daughter.

Wynetta Wright and her daughter Jaylin were discovered in a Prince George’s County park Thursday night.  They were last seen in Baltimore County. 

Prosecutors say Richmond Phillips, 39 shot Wynetta Wright, left her in the park, then drove her car to hide it.  They say he left the toddler buckled in her carseat for three days in sweltering heat.  She likely died of heat exhaustion.

“They got him.  I hope he gets the death penalty.  I want him to get the death penalty,” said Wynetta’s mother, Wyvette Wright.

The victims’ family demanded to speak in court Monday, a rarity during a bail hearing.  Female family members called the accused D.C. cop a monster, asked for justice and reminded him that Monday would’ve been Jaylin’s first birthday.

“I think for everybody in this community, we share this family’s pain.  We absolutely share their pain and look forward to prosecuting the case,” said State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

The victim and the suspect were supposed to be in court last week for a paternity hearing over the girl.  The mother and daughter never made it to court.  Family suspected Phillips from the start.

“The night before the child support case, he called her at 10 o’clock at night, telling her to meet him at this park.  We haven’t seen her since,” Wright said.

He faces first-degree and manslaughter charges and will not be released on bail.

“We look forward to prosecuting this case and getting justice for this family,” Alsobrooks said.

The suspect was not physically in court but could be seen, witnesses say, sitting very still with no reaction on a closed circuit TV.

Phillips is married with children and has been with the D.C. police department for eight years.

Comments (22)
  1. Angel says:


  2. Tracey Reitterer says:

    The news states he will be charged with manslaughter in the baby’s death. That is absolutely outrageoous. Had he not killed her mother, and left the baby swealtering in the car, she would be alive. He should be charged with 2 counts of 1st degree felony capital murder murder – but then again, what good would it do – O’Malley believes in giving murderers in this state more rights than their victims. Disgusting!!!!!!!

  3. gjm says:

    This man is an absolute animal and deserves a punishment FAR worse than what our justice system is allowed to dish out. I can’t imagine what kind of person walks away from a baby in a car knowing the baby will die a slow death. It will never happen in this state but this animal DESERVES the death penalty. As a police officer myself, I am embarrassed to know that this sorry excuse for a man and human being shared the same profession as I. Absolute disgrace.





    1. Matthew Don Pablo Curtian says:

      Nobody asked about O’Malley and you two should get off of your high horses and talk about the story at hand. Good lord anything you crazy twerps see is something political. GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. lynn says:

    He looks like some off the street crackhead. What in the H#ll did she see in him? I know you can’t judge a book by it’s cover (or you shouldn’t) but if he looked like this when he was hired, the DC Police need to have their collective head’s examined!!!!!

    1. karen says:

      yes he look unraveled,see we women gotta stop settling for anything,cuz that we get,anything,like this thing that murdered a innocient baby…

  7. j says:

    I know police are only human too but when someone who is supposed to uphold the law breaks it and so viciously at that, there should be an even harsher punishment! Slow death by torture. Oh that’s right-that would be cruel and unusual punishment. What about that baby slowing dying from the heat?????

  8. pigeon says:

    Bet he is in protective custody! Let the “general public” in prison deal with him and save us taxpayers a barrel of money. There is going to be appeal after appeal after appeal. And you know darn right well he can’t afford a lawyers so we are going to have to pay for that too. Just not right. Rather see my money repair roadways and bridges, or feed the poor and hungry.
    To the families involved in this, I pray for you. And rest assured God will take very good care of his newest “little angel”.

  9. deltasweetiepi says:

    This man has dismantled a lot of people lives because of his indiscretions and stupidity. His wife and children, this young womans parents and siblings will have to live through this tragedy for years before they heal. I say we should just take him out back and shoot him in the back of his head like he did her.

  10. whatnow says:

    OMG! Is that the right picture? Is THAT really a police officer? If he had pulled me over I would have had to break the law and run because no way I would stop for something that looks like that. Why don’t these men just kill themselves and leave the women and children alone!

  11. gm says:

    This savage ideserves to die from the heat just like that precious little girl. This state had better get stiffer sentences for all felons. The savage will have TV, playtime and health care. What the hell is that?

  12. ron says:

    okay can we leave him in a hot car for 4 to 5 days until he sufficates and die of dehydration as well. this is a sad story. this guy does not need a trial, why waste the tax peoeple money

  13. RavenLude says:

    what a horrific incident. i agree, skip the trial and execute him now.
    what a disgrace to law enforcement the D.C. police is. research it everyone, D.C. police drastically reduced there hiring practices years ago for political reasons and they were not doing the proper background investigations on the people they were hiring, training, and providing weapons to and putting on the street. one look at this moron tells it all. his appearance is outrageous even if he was a undercover narcotics detective.

  14. Has to be the worst says:

    crime ever that I have heard of before… stupid was this “Police BOY”
    did he really think he would get away with it…..I doubt it ….he did it and knew he would get caught ….thats the part NO ONE will understand except him and even in the Lord’s eye’s I cant see how God would forgive this guy….RIP
    little girl and woman I fear yur lives will be forgotten because of how horriffic a crime this is…..God bless the two of you … didnt deserve what happenen to you and my heart goes out to you and your family

  15. Kay says:

    My heart goes out to the family. I have to shake my head when I hear stories like this, an innocent child had to die because of an ANIMAL like this. He won’t last long in prison.

  16. DW says:

    This is an awful tragedy for both families but we do have a system, although not perfect, of being innocent until proven guilty. His looks may not be flattering but I think he is an undercover detective which could explain a lot. These guys go very raw to get into places a clean cut cop could never get. There are a lot of things about this case that do not add up. If he called her to meet him, how stupid is it to then commit this type of crime. And as a cop, certainly he would know better than most how to come a lot closer to getting away with such a crime. If he did it, let justice be served, if not, let just as much enthusiasm be exercised in his exoneration. The families will never be the same, they deserve our sympathy and prayers, he may deserve some of our prayers as well.

  17. pigeon says:

    Reading the comments. I tried to “cry out” previously about him getting manslaughter charges against him for the death of the child, but one reason or another the “editor” wouldn’t allow it. I’ll try again – both incidents were premeditated murder. This calls for the death penalty. No deals, no bargains, in plea, just plain shot in the arm – over and done with. Of course, I have no problem in letting him swelter, dehydrate and die a slow painful death like that which he did to a little one claimed to be his own flesh and blood. Or how about a round room with a couple of bit bulls with known vicious propensities; yeah, that’s the ticket!

  18. sheriff says:

    How would you like to invite this savage home for dinner to meet Mom?……A real POS & he better be in isolation or he will become King fudge packer.!

  19. sheriff says:

    How would you like to invite this savage home for dinner & to meet mom? Ho ho, What a POS. This POS had better be kept in isolation or he will be king fudge packee.

  20. BL says:

    All you people need to reserve your stupid comments and at least let him be proven guilty. What if he didn’t do it? What if he was set up to look like he did it?? That’s the problem with people nowadays. It seems like it’s more guilty till proven innocent not the other way around.

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