Woman dead, man in custody after apparent domestic incident in Polk County

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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – UPDATE 3:30 p.m.: Detectives are currently investigating a homicide that left one woman dead in her mobile home in Bartow.

Police say 62-year-old Ruth Anne Silvers was found dead in her bedroom at 2405 State Road 60 East around 5:42 a.m. Saturday.

According to detectives, Silvers’ husband, 67-year-old Alston Frank Farris was arrested in connection to the case. Police say their preliminary reports indicate it was a domestic-related incident over arguments regarding custody of their disabled daughter.

Police say Silvers was in bed when Farris entered her bedroom and stabbed her numerous times, causing Silvers to die. Farris then called 911 to report what happened.

He has been charged with murder in the first degree.

Their daughter has been taken to protective care due to her disabilities.

The investigation is ongoing and detectives as that anyone with information to please call the Bartow Police Department at 863-534-5034.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man was taken into custody early Saturday morning when a woman was found dead in her Bartow mobile home after an apparent domestic incident, the Bartow Police Department said.

Detectives said the woman was found dead in her bedroom at 2405 State Road 60 East around 5:42 a.m.

Another woman was present at the time of the incident, detectives said.

Officers took a man into custody but said details of the homicide are still under investigation.

The police department is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.

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