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Middletown man arrested, charged with murder of his wife

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Bobby Nitz (left), Crista Nitz (right), photos provided by Middletown Police Department. Bobby Nitz (left), Crista Nitz (right), photos provided by Middletown Police Department.
MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -

A man is charged with murder after an 11-year-old girl reported that her mother was dead.

According to a 911 call, the child contacted her father in West Virginia via video chat.

She reportedly told him she wasn't sure if her mother was alive.

"I was horrified. I was horrified that that little girl had to see that. I couldn't imagine losing my mom at such a young age," neighbor Rhiannon Tucker said. 

The girl's father then contacted police in West Virginia, who then contacted Middletown Police.

Officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Short St. around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Middletown Police said they found Crista Nitz, 41, dead on the floor in the bathroom.

The Butler County Coroner's Office said Crista's cause of death was a gunshot wound. 

Crista had been arguing with her husband, Bobby Nitz, 45, and it became violent, according to police.

Friends of the family said the couple hadn't been married very long, but had been having troubles.

They said the pair fought often, sometimes so loud the neighbors overheard.

Investigators said the little girl heard a loud sound and Bobby then fled the area on his motorcycle.

Bobby reportedly told a friend he had just killed his wife so officers asked other police agencies to be on alert.

Meigs County deputies found Bobby on his motorcycle and apprehended him after a chase.

"I never thought Bobby would hurt a fly," Tucker said. 

He is charged with murder and being held in Meigs County.

The little girl is safe with her natural father.

FOX19 NOW reached out to him, but said he didn't want to comment at this time. 

Relatives said they're asking for thoughts and prayers for both families. 

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