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Forsythia Owen, Colo. woman, admits to beating suspected pedophile to death with baseball bat

Forsythia Owen
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(CBS/AP) ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Forsythia Owen, a suburban Denver, Colo. woman, is accused of beating a man to death with a baseball bat because she suspected him of sexually molesting a child.

The 33-year-old Owen of Englewood told police she killed Denzel Rainey because a child accused Rainey of sexually abusing her. The 42-year-old man was found early Sunday in an alley. Rainey had lacerations to his head and a skull fracture. Both of Rainey's arms, six ribs and his left hand were broken. He died of his injuries later at a hospital.

According to an affidavit obtained by CBS Denver, Owen described the beating to police and said she went to the alley where he slept and attacked him after learning of the molestation.

Lisa Rainey, the widow of Denzel Rainey, told the station the father of three was having problems with alcohol abuse but that he would never hurt a child.

"My husband is the most loveable, caring person that I know," Lisa Rainey said.

Lisa Rainey said after struggling with alcohol he became homeless and often slept in the alley, reports the station.

"I just don't know why, what caused her to do this on Denzel, and if Denzel did anything to provoke it," Lisa Rainey said. "I need to know the answers for closure for me and closure for my kids."

Neighbors who saw Denzel Rainey in the area say he was never a problem.

"He never bothered anyone, never stopped anyone, never said anything to anyone. He just really kept to himself a lot," neighbor Veronica Evans told the station.

Evans says Owens has her own troubles, according to the station.

"From my understanding of looking at her, you could tell she was on something," Evans said. "That's why my little sister and I would stay away from her."

Owen is being held in the Arapahoe County Detention Facility with no bond. She has reportedly been arrested in the past for assault.

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