Boyfriend in custody after woman’s body found in apartment

SAN DIEGO -- Hours after the body of a mother was found in a Mountain View-area home Friday, police took her boyfriend into custody.

The suspicious death in the 4400 block of Mayberry Street was reported about 9:15 a.m., according to San Diego police.

Thirty-eight-year-old Mickette Smith was found dead with trauma to the back of her head, Lt. Todd Griffin said.

Police identified the suspect as the Smith's live-in boyfriend, 40-year-old Damon Edwards.

Smith's two children, both under 10 years old, were in the apartment, though police do not believe they witnessed their mother's death.

Homicide detectives were sent to the home to document the scene of the fatality, SDPD public-affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said.