Alleged murder, sexual assault and possible kidnapping

It is alleged that early on Monday morning Daniel Joseph Griffin, 34, stabbed Cheryl Lynn Duggan, 38, in the neck and killed her while her daughters were in the home. Reportedly he tied up her three daughters, raped one of the younger daughters then kidnapped the 18 year old daughter and left in the family’s vehicle.

Griffin was not Cheryl Duggan’s boyfriend, he was the boyfriend of the 19 (I have seen her age as 18) year old daughter,  Christina Harrison. At this point police say that it is not clear if Christina Harrison was a participant or if she was cooperating with him out of fear. It is being treated as a kidnapping.

Shortly after leaving the home, Griffin and Harrison reportedly stopped at a nearby gas station and stopped  in at Walmart to purchase some hair dye and gift cards, so it is believed that they are making efforts to change their appearance, Griffin may have dyed his hair red.

Hours after Griffin and their sister left the home, the youngest daughter was able to loosen her bonds and she untied her other sister and the two went to a neighbors for assistance. Both girls were hospitalized in good to fair condition.

Griffin reportedly is an ex-convict with a history of theft, burglary and escape. Griffin is described as a white male,  5’9″, and 172 lbs with brownish red hair. Reportedly he has extensive tattoos on his upper body- chest and shoulders and both arms. Christina Harrison may be with him and they may be driving a 1994 blue Plymouth Voyager mini-van, with a Texas license number T55 PPL. Christina Harrison is described as 5’3″ tall, 185 lbs. and with brown hair and brown eyes.

Neighbors say they are shocked that Griffin is reported to be involved in the crime. Although he has been in and out of jail, he is described as likeable, polite and helpful. One neighbor says that when he didn’t have a job he tended to get into trouble. But reportedly he was doing well on his job until last Wednesday when he just quit showing up. Griffin is the father of a 10 year old daughter, and his mother is disbelieving that he could ever hurt anyone.

Allegedly Christina Harrison had been living with Griffin and his family until two weeks ago, when they moved. Reportedly his parents told Griffin that he and Christina would have to find somewhere else to live. At least one neighbor has said she thought that Griffin and Christina were in love. Griffin has reportedly had a problem with drugs in the past, but it is unknown if he had been using since his parole.

Christina Harrison’s family says she was extremely protective of her sisters and would not have allowed them to be harmed. They also don’t believe that Harrison would have left with Griffin willingly or participated in the crime.

No motive has been determined for the crimes. A $10,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction.

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Both families and neighbors seem to be in shock over the crimes. Neither family believes that the relative could do the crime. Both families hoping and praying they will turn themselves in with Harrison unharmed.

Two young girls, their mother dead, tied up and with one girl raped (I have seen it said it was the youngest that was raped). I haven’t seen how old the girls are, but they were younger sisters so that would lead me to believe they were younger than 19. Comparing the difference in the ages of the couple, that is especially  troubling. Both girls were tied for several hours, and both were taken to the hospital. I haven’t seen any mention of any other injuries, but I wonder. They are left to deal with the trauma, recover from any injuries, all without a mother there for them. They have other relatives and I am sure they are supporting them. But there are times when the person who knows them the best is needed but cannot be there. And through their own personal trauma, there is a funeral to plan and a sister to worry about.

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Griffin was found in Houston and has been arrested. Harrison was found in good condition and has been returned to her family. Investigators now believe that Harrison was taken against her will.

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Reportedly Griffin has given police some “incriminating statements”. And according to his mother he did call her after his arrest and told her that he was back on “crank” or amphetamine’s. Allegedly he did tell her that he committed the murder, but “He just said it wasn’t done the way it sounded.” And according to his mother, he allegedly told her that his girlfriend did have opportunity to get away, but “He’s saying she didn’t want to come back.” However Harrison’s family denies that.

Reportedly the arrest came as the result of a tip from an undisclosed source.

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