Merrick McKoy (right) shot and killed his 19-month-old daughter, Mia
McKoy-Phanthavongsa, before turning the gun on himself — moments after
this picture was posted to Facebook.
The chilling crime unfolded on social media after the little girl’s mom awoke Monday morning to her estranged baby daddy standing over her bed with a handgun, police in Colorado told the Daily News Tuesday.
Merrick McKoy posted about his motives and intentions just moments before killing his daughter.
When police arrived on scene, an officer entered to find Merrick McKoy and little Mia with gunshot wounds, police said.
Mia's mother, Kimphone 'Kim' Phanthavongsa, 21, called police to alert them that her ex-boyfriend was inside her apartment with their child and had a handgun.
Westminster Police in Colorado heard gunshots when they arrived at Phanthavongsa's apartment, seen above.
The cowardly dad made an exaggerated face with puckered lips as he held the helpless youngster in his arms for one last, haunting father-daughter portrait. “Don’t judge me had no choice,” he wrote in his final Facebook post before carrying out his fiendish plan.
Westminster Police in Colorado found Mia dead and her father, Merrick McKoy, with gunshot wounds.
Family members had said Merrick McKoy — who is accused of shooting and killing his 19-month-old daughter in a murder-suicide attempt — was possessive and had a criminal record.
“We’re trying to be very respectful of the fact that she tragically lost her child,” Investigator Cheri Spottke said, calling the incident “particularly heinous.”