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Police: Mom beat son to death, killed self

Police say a mother beat her son to death and then killed herself in a tragic murder suicide in Ontario.

February 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Police say a mother beat her son to death and then killed herself in a tragic murder suicide in Ontario.

A neighbor near East Rosewood Court called police after looking through a window and seeing what she thought was a woman lying on the floor shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday.

Investigators found the bodies of a 42-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son. They were both declared dead at the scene.

Police believe the woman beat her son to death using a hammer, and then took anti-depressant pills and slit her own throat with a knife.

Authorities also said the incident appeared to have been planned but a motive remained unclear.

The identities of the mother and son were not immediately released pending notification of next of kin.


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