WARNING – DISTRESSING CONTENT: A mother has fatally shot her three young daughters in the woods with a hunting rifle, before she drove their bodies to her boyfriend’s home where she took her own life.
The bodies of eight-year-old Kyrie and six-year-old Cassidy Rodery, their two-year-old sister Alaina Rau, and their mother Aubrianne Moore were found Monday at a rural property in near Cedar Springs, Michigan, in the US.
Mental health professionals had requested Moore, 28, be hospitalised due to her history of paranoia and visual and auditory hallucinations.
Police believe Moore had picked the eldest children up from school around noon on Monday then drove the three girls to their grandparents home where she shot them dead with her boyfriend’s legal bolt-action hunting-style rifle in a wooded area behind the home, WOOD-TV reported.
She then fatally shot herself.
Newaygo County Probate Court records show Moore spent 10 days at a Grand Rapids psychiatric hospital in September.
In a petition to have the woman hospitalised in a mental facility, a social worker reported that Moore “stays awake at night believing people will break into her home” and “is not eating believing food is being poisoned”.
A doctor diagnosed Moore with schizophrenia and said she was suffering from severe hallucinations and paranoia, according to the petition.
“I believe the individual has mental illness and as a result of that mental illness the individual can reasonably be expected within the near future to intentionally or unintentionally seriously physically injure self or others and has engaged in an act or acts or made significant threats that are substantially supportive of this expectation,” a social worker wrote in September’s petition, according to WOOD-TV.
Police said the paranoid mother believed she was “protecting the kids from something”.
If you are concerned about the mental health of yourself or a loved one, seek support and information by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, Mensline 1300 789 978, the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467, or Beyond Blue 1300 22 46 36.
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