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Death row killer who kidnapped and raped 10-year-old girl takes his life in jail

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Death row killer who kidnapped and raped 10-year-old girl takes his life in jail

A Death Row inmate who abducted and raped a 10-year-old girl has taken his own life while awaiting execution.

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Donald Hugh Davidson Jr, 41, was sentenced to death for killing Roseann Kasama Welsh, 35, in 2014 and sexually assaulting her daughter.

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A spokesperson for the Department of Corrections confirmed that Davidson was found dead at the Union Correctional Institution in Florida, USA, last Monday, May 2.

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The Medical Examiner’s Office told The Florida Times-Union that Davidson hanged himself using his bedsheet.

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Davidson was already a registered sex offender in 2014, having been convicted of two counts of lewd molestation and aggravated battery in 2010.

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He had only been free from prison for 72 days before committing another crime and his probation ankle tag was found at the scene.

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According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Davidson tried to rape Welsh – whose husband he had known since childhood – in her home on December 1, 2014.

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Welsh fought back and Davidson strangled her with a shoelace in her bathroom before stabbing her in the throat.

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He then sexually assaulted Welsh’s daughter before abducting her in the family’s minivan, assaulting her once more and then letting her out.

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Police spotted the young girl running back toward her home after the horrific incident.

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She explained what had happened and that her mother had been murdered, and Davidson was arrested after being spotted in the minivan some hours later.

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He waived his right to a jury trial in 2019, pleading guilty to first-degree murder, attempted sexual battery of a victim older than 12 with force, four counts of sexual battery of a victim younger than 12, kidnapping, lewd and lascivious molestation as well as grand theft.

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