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Son charged in parents’ deaths

Officials say Takanao told deputies he had a chip in his head and couldn’t control what was doing.
Takanao Kambara, 26, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, deputies say.
Takanao Kambara, 26, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, deputies say.(WVRJ, WSAZ)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 4:42 PM EST
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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - New details have been released about a man charged in connection to murdering his parents.

Takanao Kambara, 26, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, deputies say.

According to the criminal complaint, deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 1700 block of Kanawha State Forest Drive on December 31 for a disturbance. A caller told dispatchers a young man who lived with his parents had piled up paintings beside the road. The caller also told officials they had not seen the parents in several days.

Dispatchers say the caller also told them the man was going door to door.

The household the man lived in also had a history of domestic violence, investigators say.

Deputies spoke with a neighbor who said they had not seen any movement, lights on, people or the mom coming and going, which was considered strange. The neighbor says they called police because they were afraid of what he may do to his parents.

Investigators say the mother, Claudette, told neighbors their son, Takanao, is physically abusive towards them and due to the conversation, they were afraid he would do something like murder his parents.

Detectives talked to a neighbor who said she saw the dad of Takanao in the window of their home around 7-9 p.m. on December 30. At 9 a.m. on December 31, the neighbor saw Takanao throwing pictures out across the street. The neighbor didn’t see anyone else come or go from the residence.

When deputies arrived, Kambara was sitting on the porch of his residence. He told deputies there were two dead bodies inside and that they didn’t die of natural causes.

Deputies say no weapon was found near the two who were killed, but they were killed from “apparent lacerations.”

According to the criminal complaint, there were no other people in the residence according to Takanao, except for him.

Officials say Kambara told deputies he had a chip in his head and couldn’t control what was doing.

Takanao told the detective someone made him do something he didn’t know he did. The criminal complaint says Takanao apparently had a hatred towards his father and it’s believed he killed him while he was sleeping in bed. It appears his mother tried to get away and was also killed.

A detective said he noticed there seemed to be conflict between Takanao and his father. When he spoke to Takanao, anything that was brought up about his dad didn’t seem to matter and Takanao’s demeanor changed. Takanao also said his father’s paintings didn’t matter.

The criminal complaint says there was 911 call history at the residence. Seven 911 calls had been placed since 2015. One was a gunshot call, another was a domestic between a father and son and a couple calls in reference to a missing person. There was a recovery call where Takanao returned home. Another domestic call was made, as well as a serve call. Investigators say the call history correlates with domestic problems described by neighbors.

Officials say Takanao was arrested in July 2019 for one count of domestic battery and one count of obstructing an officer. According to the report, Takanao was arrested at his residence on July 30, 2019 after he punched his father in the face and caused a laceration above his eye. In November 2018, he was arrested for domestic assault and domestic battery.

Takanao is being held at South Central Regional Jail.

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