MASCOTTE, Fla. -- Police in Mascotte have issued a murder warrant for a man who they said killed a 27-year-old mother in front of her 3-year-old.

Johnny Lashawn Shipman is wanted for killing Kristi Delaney, who was found dead in her Mascotte home on Monday.

Officials said Delaney's 3-year-old daughter was in the house on South Bay Lake Road at the time of her death and ran down the street to her grandmother's house to tell her "mommy" was sick.

According to investigators, Shipman was dropped off in the area of U.S. Highway 441 and Interstate 75 in Ocala and is most likely traveling north to Alabama where he has relatives.

According to Lake County records, Delany asked for an injunction against Shipman last year.

In 2011, she asked a judge to force Shipman to pay child support for her daughter, but the judge denied that request. That case was recently reassigned.

Anyone who may have seen Shipman is urged to contact the Lake County Sheriff's Office at 352-343-2101 or Crimeline at