Cold Blood: Man Suspected in Wife's Violent Stabbing Death Awaits Charges


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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The man Cleveland Police believe murdered a 42-year-old mother on the city's eastside remains locked up Tuesday.

Maurice Lyons was arrested for Aggravated Murder and Domestic Violence in the homicide of his wife Tonya Hunter. He is currently being held in the Cleveland Division of Police Central Prison Unit pending charges.

Lyons was picked up shortly after noon at Tower City. 19 Action News has learned Lyons was wanted in two cases prior to Monday's arrest. Both involved threats or violence against the murder victim, Tonya Hunter-Lyons.

19 Action News has learned the cause of death is multiple stab wounds.

Hunter-Lyons' body was discovered after an abandoned toddler was found in the middle of the road at East 28th and Cedar late Sunday evening.

Neighbors found the 4-year-old boy and immediately called 911. Investigators arrived on scene and took the child to family services. After talking to the toddler, police were led back to the child's home located on the 17500 block of Walden Avenue where they found his fatally stabbed mother in the garage around 1:30AM. The little boy will be placed in his new home - with previously screened family members - on Tuesday.

Hunter-Lyons is a licensed social worker and family therapist. She's been in practice for six years and is a graduate of Case Western University. Her aunt and uncle tell 19 Action News that she had just completed work on her PHD.

She was recently married, but was already thinking of leaving her husband, 38-year-old Maurice Lyons.

"I know that she had been complaining about him, you know, hitting on her and jumping on her and stuff like that," said Rudy Thornton.

"All we know is she married this fella and we know she's getting a divorce from him," said Sandra Thornton. "She been married to him for about 8 months or so. We tried to talk to her."

Lyons also spent a year in prison for burglary and theft.

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