MIAMI TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Police say they had been called to the house on the 6000 block of Windy Hollow multiple times in December, including early Tuesday. But Tatiana Romanova sent them away.
Hours later, Romanova's son shot her in the head during a recurring domestic dispute, police said.
Chief Mike Mills said there was nothing officers could have done to prevent it.
"Our hands are tied obviously when we don't have any evidence of domestic violence, or any indications of harm that's going to be caused," Mills said. "We can't fabricate some evidence that is not there, so sometimes we have to leave, and unfortunately this is one of those times."
Police arrested 33-year-old Alexei Siddique and charged him with felonious assault. The 62-year-old Romanova was transported by ambulance to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where she died days later.
A neighbor told WCPO there had been obvious problems between the son and the mother.
"It started happening earlier in December, and they say holidays are a tough time. This is obviously an emotional thing," said Chris Foley. "This wouldn't have happened during the summertime. I think it's because of the holidays. But who knows? It's a dark time for some people."
A judge on Thursday issued Siddique a $1 million cash bond. Siddique is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 13.