A Michigan woman who police say fatally shot her three young daughters to death before killing herself reportedly picked the girls up from school using a fake doctor’s note before the murders.
Officials say Aubrianne Moore, 28, shot and killed 8-year-old Kyrie Rodery, 6-year-old Cassidy Rodery and 2-year-old Alaina Rau early last week before taking her own life. Law enforcement believes the mother shot her three young daughters in a wooded area with a bolt-action hunting rifle before driving back home with their bodies and shooting herself. The bodies were found earlier this month at a property near Cedar Springs, a community about 30 miles north of Grand Rapids. Moore's boyfriend made the gruesome discovery.
During a briefing, Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young stated that Moore picked the two older girls up from school before the killings and got lunch before carrying out the murders. Officials say she removed her children from the school using a fake doctor’s note, according to Fox17 in West Michigan.
It’s not clear what that doctor’s note said.
LaJoye-Young stated that she believes that Moore’s mental health issues, specifically her paranoia, led to the tragic murder-suicide.
Newaygo County Probate Court records show Moore spent 10 days at a Grand Rapids psychiatric hospital in September. A social worker requested that hospitalization after writing that Moore was suffering from paranoia, visual and auditory hallucinations.
“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,” the petition read, according to local outlet WOOD-TV. The social worker also wrote that Moore “stays awake at night believing people will break into her home” and “is not eating believing food is being poisoned.”
LaJoye-Young stated that in her nearly three decades of working with the sheriff’s department that this “is one of the hardest cases I've ever hear about. This is a very difficult case. Our investigators are feeling it. It's heartbreaking that something like this happened in our community."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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