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Zarea Dixon allegedly called Dallas police over an hour before they arrived to find the deaf woman beaten and strangled to death in her home in February, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend Tahj Pinson, according to court documents.
Her wounds were consistent with severe physical abuse and were all over her body according to Fox News.
“I’ve been not so good,” Dixon’s mother Kimberly Green confessed. “I’ve been really trying to figure out what would make him do my baby the way he did my baby. … I’ve been wanting to know, ‘What had you that mad to do my child like that?’”
Because of the victim’s deafness, she used a translator service to call 911 approximately 75 minutes before she was found “unresponsive” by police officers. Dixon told the police that her ex-boyfriend threw a rock through her window and was in the process of breaking into her central Oak Cliff apartment, according to the Dallas News. She claimed he had a knife and was threatening to kill her.
Dallas Fire-Rescue pronounced her dead at the scene according to an affidavit. Police initially said Dixon was found at 3:48 p.m., but later stated that officers arrived at 4:14 p.m.
The sheer brutality of the attack and the fact that officers took so long to respond to a woman claiming that someone was trying to kill her has been a major issue in the case.
“I feel like if y’all would have made it there faster, y’all could’ve saved my baby,” her mother said, referring to the police.
New: Zarea Dixon's mother said she feels angry and hurt after Dallas police took more than an hour to respond to her daughter's domestic-violence call. By the time they arrived Feb. 24, Zarea was unresponsive.
— Kelli Smith (@KelliSmithNews) April 21, 2022
The mother received messages from her daughter as the attack was taking place telling her that the ex-boyfriend was beating and choking her after he broke into the house. Dixon reportedly told her mom that the police were on their way.
Dixon’s mother said her daughter had called the police in the past because of issues with Pinson and that she had been trying to stay away from him.
“I just want justice,” Dixon’s mother said. “She was loving, caring and I enjoyed my 25 years with her. … I wish I could have more. I just wish my baby could come back.”
Dallas police labeled Dixon’s plea for help a priority-two “major disturbance (violence)” call. Calls are assigned a priority of one to four, with one being an emergency and four being “non-critical.” The department’s stated goal is to respond to priority-two calls within 12 minutes. That tragically did not happen in this case.
“It is our goal to respond to these type of incidents within 12 minutes,” police spokeswoman Kristin Lowman remarked in a written statement on Thursday. “However, on the date and time of the incident, all available patrol officers were responding to or at the scene of other calls.”
Pinson was arraigned on a murder charge for allegedly killing Zarea Dixon. Bail was set at $1 million.
He has been in the Dallas County jail since March 8 on a charge of burglary with the intent of committing a felony in connection with the vicious attack, according to the Garland Journal. His attorney says he is due in court Friday.
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