Police: Man accused of attacking girls with machete was homeless

A woman reacts to the news of two young girls that were slashed with a machete in Lauderhill on Feb. 14.
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BY DAN SWEENEY
SUN SENTINEL/TNS

LAUDERHILLDennis Anthony Reid, who police say attacked his daughter and stepdaughter with a machete Friday, had attempted to reconcile with his ex-wife but had recently learned she had remarried, according to a police report.

Reid had left the family home due to the divorce and subsequently had been homeless, according to the report, but had come to the home in Lauderhill on Friday to help prepare the girls for school.

According to the report, Reid had made several attempts to get back together with his ex-wife, including stopping by the house and sending text messages, but all ended in failure.

It’s unclear when Reid learned that his ex-wife had remarried, to a man from Jamaica. She had been planning on flying to Jamaica on that Friday, Valentine’s Day, to be with her new husband.

When Reid arrived at the home, his ex-wife was reportedly in the shower. According to police, Reid then picked up a machete and went to the rooms of the 10- and 17-year-old girls, slashing at both of them and leaving them with serious injuries.

The two girls were later admitted to Broward Health Medical Center in serious but stable condition. A third sister, age 7, was unharmed but witnessed the attack.

Another witness was the ex-wife’s mother, who told police she saw Reid come out of the house with a machete in his hands, throw it away, then get into his blue Toyota and drive away.

Reid later turned himself in to police. He now faces two counts of aggravated child abuse and two counts of attempted murder.

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