Florida mother fatally shoots 1-year-old daughter and then herself
Police in Florida are investigating a Sunday shooting that left a 35-year-old woman and her 1-year-old daughter dead.
The Herald-Tribune reported that Sarasota police responded to a 911 call at around 9:45 a.m. on Sunday morning and discovered that 35-year-old Sarah Harnish had died of a gunshot wound. The woman’s 17-month-old daughter, Josephine Boice, later died at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.
Police said that the child’s father had gone for a ride on his scooter and returned to the sound of gunfire. Detectives concluded that the mother shot the child and then herself.
“Investigators are still trying to piece it all together,” Sarasota Police spokesperson Genevieve Judge told the Herald-Tribune. “We’re treating it as a shooting investigation and a death investigation.”
Authorities had not released information about the type of handgun or a motive for the shooting.
Neighbors told WTVT that there had been no signs of trouble when the family held a barbeque just a few days ago.
“I can’t imagine what kind of problems there could have been,” neighbor Dinie Hens said. “I see clothes hanging on the line and I just don’t understand what could have happened.”
Watch this video from WTVT, broadcast Sept. 1, 2013.
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