Knoxville mom of Amber Alert toddler stabbed

Kimberly and Brooklynne Enix (source: Facebook)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department said autopsy results show Kimberly Enix was stabbed during an attack.

Officers found the body of Kimberly Enix Wednesday morning at her apartment on Quiet Way in Fountain City. Her daughter, Brooklynn, was missing.

Tyler Enix on Friday waived his right to an extradition hearing. Knoxville Police Department investigators said he will return to Knoxville within 7 to 10 days. Once Tyler Enix returns to Knoxville he will face pending charges on one count of first degree murder, according to Knoxville Police. They said additional charges are possible as the investigation continues.

Evidence from Kimberly Enix’s apartment is being processed. Her autopsy was completed Thursday, but the exact cause of her death is still pending the final medical examiner’s report.

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Neighbors told law enforcement they saw Tyler Enix, Kimberly Enix’s estranged husband, driving away from the apartment in her black Impala. Neighbor Erik Malm said around midnight on Wednesday morning, just two hours before Kimberly Enix’s body was found he heard the baby crying.

“It was odd. I’ve never heard anything through these walls,” Malm said. Even so, he didn’t think anything was wrong because he had seen Kimberly just a few hours before on Tuesday evening.

After an Amber Alert was issued for Brooklyn, Tyler Enix, 36, was arrested in Morrow County, Ohio, hours after he was added to Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Top 10 Most Wanted List. Morrow County Sheriff Steven R. Brenneman said the Knoxville father was arrested after an Ohio driver heard the Amber Alert on the radio and called law enforcement. He said the driver followed Tyler Enix as he pulled off the interstate and gave their department updates on his location.

“Divine timing I guess,” said Brenneman. “He kept level headed, follow it, gave us everything we needed.”

AUDIO: 9-1-1 Amber Alert call

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Deputies pulled Tyler Enix’s car over and said they were able to take him into custody without any problems. Sheriff Brenneman said Tyler Enix was served with a first degree murder for his wife, Kimberly Enix, 36.

Morrow County Sheriff Steven R. Brenneman said Tyler Enix’s daughter, Brooklynne, was found safe and placed with their county’s child services. Brenneman said Brooklynne Enix was inquisitive, wanting to know where her dad was.

SLIDESHOW: Photos from the Amber Alert search

The Tennessee Department of Child Services said Brooklynne Enix is living with a foster family in Tennessee. But Kimberly’s aunt, Cherly Kemp, said they want Brooklynne to live with family, not in foster care.

“The reason being is because she has a supportive family here that can help her,”said Kemp. “We just don’t feel like that’s necessarily a need because there’s enough people in her family and surrounding her that can love her dearly.”

A DCS spokesperson told WATE 6 On Your Side that the agency is constantly reviewing cases to see if there is a better place for each child. Technically, it is possible Brooklynne could be placed with family later on, but DCS said there would be numerous family interviews and assessments to understand family dynamics and what is safest for Brooklynne, first.

Tyler Enix’s long criminal history

While friends describe Tyler Enix as a likable guy, his criminal history shows a troubled past.

Tyler Enix’s first run-in with the police was back in 2001 when he was arrested for stalking someone. That lead to harassment charges and several violations of an order of protection.

Three years later, Tyler Enix was charged with assault, then a month after that with domestic assault and false imprisonment.

The murder suspect was arrested in 2005 for writing worthless checks and then in 2010, he was arrested for harassment, aggravated assault and two counts of forgery.

Relationship with wife

Police said Wednesday Tyler Enix and his wife Kimberly Enix were estranged. Court paperwork shows the two were married on March 1, 2012, and separated on September 27, 2014. Kimberly Enix filed for divorce in January 2015, citing irreconcilable differences. In the divorce filing, she alleged Tyler Enix was guilty of inappropriate conduct.

Kimberly Enix had primary custody of Brookynne, getting her 285 days of the year. Tyler Enix had custody the other 80 days.

A memorial fund has been set up for Kimberly Enix to help cover funeral expenses. Anything left over will be put toward college funds for her three daughters, including Brooklynne. Anyone interested can make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch in Knoxville.

The funeral has been tentatively set for Sunday evening at Mynatt Funeral Home. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. with the funeral following. Burial will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Zion Cemetery on Clinton Highway.

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