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The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office had multiple contacts with Natalia Morozova about domestic/civil disputes and child custody issues, according to documents obtained through a Public Records Act request.

Sheriff's report logs detail a timeline of events spanning a year that Natalia contacted law enforcement because of marital conflicts with her ex-husband Konstantin Morozov before she was shot and killed Aug. 21.

On Dec. 21, 2015, just prior to the couple's divorce filing, sheriff's officials were dispatched to the family's home at the 1200 block of Hollysprings Lane in Orcutt for a report of a domestic disturbance "regarding marital issues," records show.

The responding officer that day met with Natalia at the Santa Maria sheriff's substation where she was "crying and scared, as she intended to serve her husband Konstantin, with divorce papers later in the week." 

Three days prior, the couple went into the backyard of their home to discuss whether divorce would be appropriate, records show. 

"Konstantin became angry and told Natalia that if she divorced him, he'd make her life miserable," the report said. "Konstantin told her he'd force her to go back to Russia and that he wouldn't support her financially."

The report continued: "He stated that if Natalia didn't have any finances then she wouldn't be able to support their son, which would make her a bad mother." 

According to the report, Natalia said she felt the comments were "threatening," but that Konstantin "never threatened any violence towards her, and there is no history of domestic violence between them."

The report went on to say that Konstantin took her cellphone from her, and Natalia believed that he would take her car away to prevent her from leaving after he was served with divorce papers. 

A second report was filed Feb. 6, 2016, regarding their pending divorce. Natalia called the Sheriff's Office accusing Konstantin of not allowing her to have an attorney while hiring one for himself, and stating that Konstantin was keeping all of their assets from her. Natalia also reported that Konstantin walked in on Natalia working on her documents in their home bathroom and began "messing up her paperwork" and "taking pictures of her documents." 

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"Natalia asked her son to get the telephone from the kitchen so she could call [Konstantin's attorney]" but Konstantin took the phone away from her, "because she didn't pay the bill," according to the report.

"When Natalia attempted to take the phone from his pocket, he pushed her away with his thigh," the report read. 

Natalia then reportedly said she was afraid to return home, "and moved to a shelter in Santa Maria with [her son.]" 

On Nov. 20, 2016, at 3:07 p.m., Natalia called sheriff's dispatch over a dispute with Konstantin about divorce paperwork and his threats to take their son back to Russia. No report was ever written for the incident. 

On Dec. 15, 2016, Natalia called the Sheriff's Office again, reporting Konstantin stole her purse earlier that day. Konstantin later cooperated with officials, found her belongings in the back of his car while he was away getting medicine for his son, and returned all items to officials, according to the report. Nothing was reported missing. 

Natalia contacted the Sheriff's Office again the next day seeking a follow-up phone request. On that same day, Santa Barbara County court records indicate that Natalia filed an emergency ex parte motion to prohibit Konstantin from taking their son, Daniel, out of the area. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210


Courts/Public Safety Reporter