2-Year-Old Boy Found Alone with Dead Bodies of Parents & Grandmother

A former U.S. Marine is believed to have killed his wife and mother before turning the gun on himself, but spared his 2-year-old son, who wasn't found until days later. Police believe that Daniel Knauf, 27, shot his wife, Bianca Knauf, and his mother, Sally Knauf, and then himself inside their Palm Springs, California apartment on New Year's Day.


Bianca's worried parents finally went to the home after four days of calls and text messages went unanswered. They reportedly spotted 2-year-old Jacob sleeping through a window. They knocked on the window, woke him up, and told him to open the door.

Inside, they found a chilling scene. There were three dead bodies, and Jacob was shaking and covered in blisters because his diaper hadn't been changed in days.

No one has any idea why Daniel, who served one year in the military before being discharged, would have killed both his wife and mother, but there had lately been arguments in the family over Daniel purchasing guns to go hunting.

Bianca's mother, Lourdes Benitez, told KESQ:

I would tell my daughter, I don't like that, I don't like that. And that's how we ended up.

The family says that Jacob still thinks his mother is "sleeping."

Ugh, how horrible for this little boy. At least his life was spared, but what a tragic beginning for him. He is going to grow up knowing this is what happened to his dad, mom, and grandmother.

One can only imagine what was going through Daniel's mind -- and I think most of us can't imagine.

The family has started a GoFundMe page for Jacob, who is now living with Bianca's family.

If you are worried about yourself or someone you love, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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