Maricopa County Sheriff's Office/AP
March 28, 2015 02:30 PM

A 37-year-old man is accused of stabbing his wife at least 13 times in the back in their Goodyear, Arizona, home on Thursday night.

Their seven children were also in the home when the stabbing occurred, a Goodyear police spokeswoman told AZ Central.

John Leo Davis Jr. called the police hysterically and apologized as he told dispatchers that he’d lost his mind and stabbed his wife, Michele Davis.

According to the news outlet, their 14-year-old daughter also called 911 and told authorities she saw him stab her and then clean the knife in the kitchen.

The children, ranging in age from 3 to 14, were not harmed.

Another one of their children told investigators that before the murder happened the husband struck him after becoming upset with the boy for playing videogames. The child then told his mother and she confronted the father, starting an argument, the Associated Press reports.

The children saw the husband then chase the wife with a knife from the kitchen to the front door, where police found her body in a pool of blood.

According to AZ Central, police arrested Davis in 2008 in Utah on suspicion of assault against Michele and child abuse. He was also reportedly arrested in 2006 and twice in the ’90s on suspicion of battery against a spouse.

He was charged with first-degree murder and is being held on $2 million bond. Davis didn’t have a lawyer when he appeared before a judge.

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