Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

6 month old Florida infant shot and killed by his mother

Jonah Mendoza, age 6 months
This awful story from Florida should make us all take pause. A Florida woman shot and killed her infant son and then shot and injured herself. From an article:
A 20-year-old Florida woman was in critical condition Friday after she shot and killed her 6-month-old son and then turned the gun on herself, police said.
Authorities found Melanie Reyes and her baby after performing a welfare check at the request of Reyes' family, who called 911 to report a statement on her Facebook page in which she "indicated she was going to shoot her child and herself," according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.
Both were transported to a hospital, where the infant was pronounced dead.
Police recovered the handgun believed used in the shootings from the home.
The incident comes roughly two weeks after Reyes was arrested for aggravated domestic battery after her boyfriend said she struck him with a baseball bat, according to a police report. Her next court date had been scheduled for January 22.
This one is too hard to imagine.

UPDATE (1/5/13): According to another article, the son's name is Jonah Mendoza, Reyes had been recently unemployed, had been fighting with the son's father over visitation rights, and had been accused of domestic violence against a more recent partner.

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