The Five-Year-Old Heard Gunshots, Then She Saw Her Parents Lying Dead With a Bullet on The Floor

The tragic case of the Hernlens

Lioness Rue


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Five-year-old Tia walked into her parents’ room.

She saw blood and a bullet on the floor. She called her mom and dad, but they didn’t answer.

Tia called 911.

Dispatcher: 911. Where’s your emergency?

Tia: Um, Hello.

Dispatcher: Hello. Is everything ok?

Tia: My mommy and daddy

Dispatcher: Uh-huh?!

Tia: I think there’s a bullet on the floor… And there’s blood coming out of my dad’s mouth and he fell off the bed.

Dispatcher: He did. Where’s mommy at?

Tia: I don’t know. I think they’re dead

Dispatcher: What do you mean sweetheart?

Tia: I don’t know… There’s blood.There’s blood on the plant and blood on the floor…I said mommy, daddy, and they didn’t even answer.

Tia Was a Five Year Old

Tia Hernlen was a five-year-old girl born to Aeneas Hernlen and Julie Hernlen.

The family lived in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.

The date was March 28th, 2005. Tia was sleeping in her bed when the sound of gunshots woke her up.

The terrified little girl headed to her parent’s bedroom.

Tia tried to call her parents, but none of them responded. She noticed blood in various places. What looked like a bullet lay on the ground.

Tia found herself alone in the eerily quiet house along with their family dog and three cats.

The little girl managed to call the police.

She gave them details that even some grown adults don’t give. She told the police about the kind of cars that her parents drove.

Then she asked the dispatcher to send a deputy.

The police soon arrived on the scene.

Thirty-one-year-old Julie was pronounced dead on the scene. She was months away from graduating with a law degree.



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