Mother-of-two is 'killed by husband in front of their sons in row over cash'
Janee Parsons' two children, aged five and eight, were taken away by policeThe American mother was found dead at the family's home in BicesterHer 38-year-old husband was being quizzed by detectives
07:45 GMT, 3 December 2012
Two young boys may have seen their mother being stabbed to death by their father in a row over cash, police fear.
Beauty therapist Janee Parsons, 31, was discovered fatally injured after neighbours heard screams and called 999.
Her husband, heating engineer Andrew, 38, was arrested on suspicion of murder at their family home.
Janee Parsons, right, pictured with her 38-year-old husband, named locally by neighbours as Andrew
Janee Parsons, 31, was found dead at the family home in Bicester, Oxfordshire yesterday
Their two sons, aged five and eight, were taken away by police and will be cared for by the victim’s father and sister who are flying in from the US.
Shocked neighbours said the family were under financial pressure and had recently set up two businesses in a bid to raise money.
One said: ‘My children are friends with the kids and they feel like they want to help but they just can’t.’
The victim’s sister, Jocelyn Brady, said her family, who live in Yukon, Oklahoma, have been devastated by her death.
Boarding a plane to London, she said: ‘Everybody loved Janee. She was a very special person and very tenacious and she was my best friend.’
Police were called to the Parsons’ family home in Bicester, Oxfordshire, on Saturday at 10.30am after neighbours reported hearing a heated argument and screams.
Muder probe: Police have sealed off the house in Bicester where Janee Parsons' body was found
Witnesses described half a dozen emergency services vehicles descending on the street. Paramedics discovered Mrs Parsons with fatal stab wounds, and despite desperate attempts to save her life she died at the scene.
Last night neighbours left floral tributes outside the 300,000 three-bed detached home that the family had been renting for 18 months.
One said: ‘To my wonderful friend Janee, you were taken away from us and you are now looking down on us. I will never understand why’
Another added: ‘Your boys will grow up knowing you’ll be watching over them, guiding them in every way, every day.’
The couple are believed to have moved to Britain from the US after Mrs Parsons sold her health spa business in Oklahoma when it ran into financial difficulty.
Mr Parsons, who has also worked as a fencer and builder, graduated from Bicester Community College in 1990. His mother Jean lives a short distance away.
Companies House records show he set up a heat pumps firm in October and his wife set up a company, called Wink Ink Ltd, two months earlier.
Stabbed: Janee Parsons' body was found at the family's home in Oxfordshire
Mrs Parsons, a make-up artist and skin expert, worked for a series of cosmetic companies and at a Bicester beauty clinic. She specialised in make-up for professional modelling shoots and wedding days in the US and Britain.
The couple’s two sons, who enjoy rugby and martial arts, attend a nearby primary school.
Neighbours described Mr Parsons as a ‘quiet, normal man’. Next-door neighbour Alan Parsons, 64, said: ‘They were always a very pleasant family and it’s very shocking that something like this could happen.’ Maria Evans added: ‘It is incredibly upsetting. It is such a quiet neighbourhood and the thoughts have to be with the children.
Tribute: A card left outside the house said Janee's children will grow up knowing she'll be watching over them
'It is such a huge shock to hear something like this has happened, absolutely devastating.’
Another neighbour, who arrived with a bouquet of flowers, said: ‘It’s a massive shock for everybody. We’re all quite a close-knit community, especially the mums.’
Detective Chief Inspector Joe Kidman, of Thames Valley Police, said: ‘The victim’s family has been informed of the death. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident but are keen to speak with anyone who was in Lucerne Avenue on Saturday morning.’
Superintendent Andy Boyd added: ‘I would like to offer the reassurance to residents and can say at this stage that this is not believed to be a random attack and we believe that the victim and the offender knew each other.’
Mrs Parsons was found with serious injuries at the family house and was declared dead at hospital
Mrs Parsons was stabbed at her family home in Bicester