Police said a suburban St. Louis woman was beaten, stomped and stabbed to death and her house was soaked in gasoline while two children were inside.

Officers responded to a house in the 800 block of Lightwood in Hazelwood at 4:20 a.m. Sunday after a child called to say his mother was dead and his father had fled the scene, police said.

Officers found the woman dead inside. The children were taken to a hospital to be examined, police said.

Police said the victim was stabbed, stomped and beaten.

Gregory Smith III was arrested later Sunday on possible charges of first-degree murder, armed criminal action and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

No further information was released.


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