La Plata Man Commits Suicide After Murdering 3-Year-Old Daughter

July 2, 2018

On Sunday, July 1, 2018, at approximately 7:35 p.m., officers from the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to Gilbert Run Park located at 13140 Charles Street in La Plata, for a death investigation.

Upon arrival, officers located a man and a young girl inside a pickup truck; both were deceased.

Detectives assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the man is the girl’s biological father. He had court-ordered visitation rights with her and was supposed to return her home on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. When he did not arrive and no one could reach him, family members became concerned and began searching for them. They located his truck at the park and notified police.

Investigation showed the father shot and killed his daughter and then shot and killed himself. Detectives recovered a handgun inside the truck. The victim has been identified as Maddie Sabre Davis, 3, from La Plata. The father has been identified as Brian Duncan Davis, 33, of La Plata.

Detective Brion Buchanan is investigating.

38 Responses to La Plata Man Commits Suicide After Murdering 3-Year-Old Daughter

  1. Kelsey on July 2, 2018 at 10:28 am

    He could have just dropped that sweet baby off and then done himself in, he didn’t have to take that sweet little girl away from her mother and family! My heart aches for everyone!

    • Vanilla Ice on July 2, 2018 at 3:47 pm

      Yes, he could have done that, but that wasnt the point. The point, clearly, was to hurt the mother in the most cruel way possible. There is definitely a lot more to this custody dispute

      • a on July 3, 2018 at 5:40 am

        Doesn’t matter what the custody dispute is about. This fool killed a little girl then took the cowards way out by killing himself.

      • Anonymous on July 3, 2018 at 7:43 am

        I agree with you completely. It’s a very horrific situation all the way around and I am keeping her mother and family in my continued prayers. I don’t know the whole situation but the judicial system that agreed with/ordered this needs to reevaluate things as well.

  2. 2018 on July 2, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Very disturbing. But this is the environment we have created. There are so many parents (usually the mother, but not always), with the aid of the court system that is severely slanted in favor of mothers, using children as a weapon in disputes with the childs other parent. This act is pretty disgusting, but it appears he “won” the battle. Now the mother doesnt get to have the child either. Wonder if it was worth it?

    • The Truth on July 2, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      “Court ordered VISITATION rights” he wasn’t the primary care.

      • 2018 on July 3, 2018 at 8:14 am

        I know he wasnt the primary, I never mentioned anything that says he was. So what are you talking about? “The system” gave custody to the mother, and I’d guess she refused to let him see the children without him going through court to get that right. Hence, as you said, “court ordered visitation”. So he decided to go next level with it, and gave the girl’s mother a dose of “if I cant have her, you cant either”. Game over

      • annon on July 6, 2018 at 10:22 pm

        The scary thing is, he was not a bad person! Nor did anyone think he would do this. Its terrifying to look into this from similar eyes and sympathize for his state of mind. It is the regular case of man and woman split, court comes in, man is put aside in the daily life of the child he loved and given a fee to care from a distance with criminal charges and penalties if he does not, it’s heartbreaking! We all, who are loving fathers, get heavily depressed when we loose our children. I can not defend the choices he made, tho wrong, many of us can relate to the mindset.
        We need to work together for shared parental rights to any parent that wants to be in the child’s life!

    • Gemma on July 3, 2018 at 8:25 am

      It is specified the shooter was the ‘biological’ father. That indicates there was another man involved somehow. We’re surely not getting the whole story.

  3. Anonymous on July 2, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Poor girl

  4. Shawn on July 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Guns guns guns

    • Your an idiot on July 2, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Oh yea it’s the guns fault right? I bet that gun wouldn’t of killed either one of them if the guy didn’t pull the trigger. Yup it all makes sense dosen’t it. Smh.

    • Charles Myers on July 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm

      Way to turn this tragedy into a vehicle for your own political agenda!!! Douchebag.

      • Anonymous on July 3, 2018 at 8:16 am

        The liberal way. As the Clinton team taught us in the 90s, and the liberals have all followed suit for 20+ years, never let a tragedy go to waste.

    • Sheila Briggs on July 2, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      You’re a troll

  5. Rob Stark on July 2, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    How can anyone point a gun at a 3 year old girl (let alone his own daughter) and pull the trigger? I guess it is just showing that pure evil exists everywhere! So sad.

    • Is it you on July 2, 2018 at 6:37 pm


    • james on July 6, 2018 at 10:31 pm

      This is not evil. in his depressed mind it was likely merciful. “we will be together in death, hun”
      My child has asked me why I’m not allowed to tuck her in anymore and sing to/play with her every day. Do you realize the heart it takes to endure that pain? I have had many kidney stones, and none of them compare to the pain of my child wondering all the time where daddy is, and asking me these questions SPECIALLY at around 3-4 years old, or later in life blaming me for not being there, any more than 4 days a month!

      • Rob Stark on July 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

        This is not evil? Wow, just wow!

    • Church member on July 8, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      I think they should have the area of the park blessed by a minster it need holy water and prayers said there.

  6. Anonymous on July 2, 2018 at 1:17 pm


    You took this little girl away from so many…including your own family. Then you took the cowards way out. You piece of —-.

  7. DGray on July 2, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    I’ll never understand why someone who wants to commit suicide desire to take someone else with them or why innocent children are used as pawns between parents. Both families are in need of support. Heaven received an angel in this little girl.

    • Baby on July 2, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      They do it to hurt the ones left behind.. the mother!
      Selfish son of a —————!!!

  8. T Warren on July 2, 2018 at 2:33 pm


  9. matrix on July 2, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    the sad thing is divorce always seems to leave collateral damage in its wake, this child did not deserve to be one taken from the world

    • Anonymous II on July 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

      I could be wrong but I don’t believe the mom and dad were ever married to each other.

  10. Nick on July 2, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    My heart is breaking for the baby girl and her family.

  11. Jenni m on July 2, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    This breaks my heart, My thoughts and prayers go out to the Mom and all family members ..

  12. Patricia on July 3, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Sad that his mental state was not cared for! Mental Health is becoming an epidemic! Huge
    Mandate Non VIOLENT Communication course for all parents!

  13. teachermom7 on July 3, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    A commenter above blames the court system for somehow treating the father unfairly. Where is the evidence for that? A man who would murder his own child to punish the mom may well be an angry, controlling man and the child’s mom may have had excellent reasons for separating from him. I am so sorry for her loss.

    • We're all victims on July 9, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Of course “teachermom7” would side with the woman, being that the comment is from a woman. I didnt read the above comment to suggest that the court system treated him unfairly. The comment seemed to suggest that the default is to give the child to the mother, and then begin the shakedown for every penny he ever earns… The system is ridiculous. Why do you think there are women who make a career of getting pregnant from multiple men. Its more lucrative than getting a job. Its the same reason women get pregnant from professional athletes. Just look at the history of these things. Woman meets athlete, woman gets pregnant, woman has child, woman leaves athlete, court gives woman $165,000 a month in child support. WHAT? The care for that child is a flat fee. Whether the father makes $50k a year or $7mil a year, the cost to raise the child is the same. You want the kid to live the life of a millionaire, s/he can live with the father. Otherwise, the money should be a flat rate regardless of fathers income.

  14. So sad on July 3, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I completely agree with you. We don’t know the circumstances that lead to this, and probably never will, but clearly he had severe mental/psychological issues to conclude this was the best or only action to take. That poor innocent child. My deepest sympathies to the mom and all the family.

  15. Anonymous on July 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    So sorry if you wanted this to be a private matter, and it isn’t. So sorry if you didn’t want the police involved, and they are.

    • Anonymous on July 5, 2018 at 3:30 am

      Sorry thats not how life works cupcake, get over it.

  16. Robin on July 5, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Why doesn’t everyone stop speculating on this. Nobody knows why this happened and for people to sit back making things up is ridiculous. THAT is what the world has come to! Very sad situation. RIP little Maddie!

  17. BooBerry on July 6, 2018 at 12:28 am

    You #uck! Rot in hell

  18. james on July 6, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    From knowing them, the mother was one to use the girl against him, he was a good person, and the usual depressed from the whole visitation/child support thing! This whole thing is a shock to MANY people! Some of these comments are only furthering the pain of the people affected by this situation.

    Things need to change, both in how we view support and visitation, and how we treat people. One person here said true evil exists, and they are right, it exists in these comments.

    • Anonymous on July 9, 2018 at 12:41 am

      I trained Brian and worked with him for years, this is UNBELIEVABLE.