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Mother Shoots 11-Year-Old Son, Herself in Jefferson County

February 12, 2018 - 1:56 am

BARNHART, Mo. (KMOX) -- An 11-year-old boy has died, two days after he was reportedly shot by his mother before she killed herself. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says Sammy Schweitzer died about 5 a.m. Monday at a hospital.

The woman has been identified as 49-year-old Tara Kelleher.

Previous reporting:

An 11-year-old boy is fighting for his life in the hospital after being shot by his mother, who then shot and killed herself.

"Really, the only way I can put it is that that young man is in bad shape right now," Jefferson County Detective Sgt. Brian Taylor said.

Officers arrived to the home in the 7200 block of Valley Drive early Saturday to find two people with gunshot wounds to the head. A third person in the home was the woman's boyfriend and is not considered a suspect.

Sgt. Taylor says while they haven't officially identified a motive, this looks like another case of unaddressed mental illness.

"It's, unfortunately, something that plagues our society that we don't want to address," Sgt. Taylor said.