Couple’s relationship strained, accused murderer’s parents say

The 7-month-old relationship between Emmaline Osborne and Amanda Kern was going downhill at the time Osborne allegedly stabbed Kern to death Tuesday, Osborne’s parents told The State Journal-Register.
Gary Osborne, 59, and his wife, Rebecca Osborne, 57, said their 24-year-old daughter had problems controlling her anger for years before Kern, 22, their daughter’s domestic partner, was stabbed inside the Springfield house at which the couple had been renting a room.
“I never could have thought anything like this would have happened,” Gary, a warehouse worker, said of his daughter’s alleged conduct.
But he and his wife of 30 years said Thursday that they didn’t doubt their daughter was responsible for the death of Kern, a former New Lenox resident.
“They were breaking up, and her mind sort of snapped,” Gary said. “Her world just collapsed around her.”
And even though the Osbornes said they never had seen their daughter exhibit violent behavior, Rebecca said she wasn’t surprised that Emmaline stabbed Kern.
Emmaline’s anger was much better controlled when she took the Zoloft that began to be prescribed for her about a year ago, but she often refused to take the medicine, her mother said.
“She was the opposite girl when she was on Zoloft,” said Rebecca, a homemaker. “But she didn’t believe it made a difference.”
Rebecca added that Emmaline, a Springfield native who was employed as a kitchen worker at Brother James Court, was increasingly frustrated with Kern, who was unemployed and wasn’t helping pay for food, rent, utilities and other living expenses.
The Osbornes talked with the newspaper after a Sangamon County Circuit Court hearing at which Emmaline was arraigned on preliminary charges of first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery.
The Osbornes attended the hearing, at which Associate Judge Rudolph Braud told their daughter that the maximum penalty for her alleged crimes ranged from 20 to 60 years in prison.
No one from Kern’s New Lenox-based family was present, and Kern’s family didn’t respond to a phone message Thursday.
Kern’s visitation is scheduled for Sunday, and her funeral will be Monday, all at Kurtz Memorial Chapel in New Lenox, which is near Joliet.
Emmaline Osborne is being held in lieu of $2 million bond at the Sangamon County Jail and hasn’t yet pleaded innocent or guilty. The next court hearing is scheduled for May 26.

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