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Mom Accused Of Shooting Her Two Daughters, Killing 5-Year-Old Girl

Veronica Youngblood was reportedly embroiled in a custody battle with her ex-husband over their 5-year-old daughter Brooklynn.

A Virginia mother allegedly shot two her daughters, killing one, reportedly because she didn't want to move to Missouri with her ex-husband.

Veronica Youngblood, 33, was arrested and charged with murder of her 5-year-old daughter Brooklynn. She is being held without bond.

Her other daughter, despite being wounded herself, called 911 on Sunday night to report the shooting.

“Caller is advising they were shot by their mother. Shot in the chest,” a dispatcher stated, WJLA in Washington D.C. reported.

Police responded to an apartment in the town of Tysons to find two girls shot: 5-year-old Brooklynn had been shot in the head and an older daughter, whose age hasn’t been released, was shot in the chest. Brooklynn died at the scene, NBC4 in Washington D.C. reported. A medical examiner said she died of a gunshot to the head. The other victim was rushed to the hospital where she was treated for life-threatening injuries.

After the shooting, Youngblood allegedly fled the home with a gun and went to an acquaintance's house in a neighboring town. That person called the police.

"Silverwood Terrace. Advising the suspect is there saying she just killed her two daughters. Currently has a gun," a dispatcher says in that 911 call, according to NBC4. Police arrived at the home where Youngblood was arrested without incident, police said.

Youngblood was scheduled to move to Missouri this week with her ex-husband, who she has been cohabiting with despite years of custody battles, according to NBC4. Her ex-husband appears to be the father of Brooklynn. Youngblood reportedly didn’t want to move to Missouri, according to WJLA.

“My heart goes out to her, something is truly wrong, because mothers don’t do that,” neighbor Renee Davis told WJLA. “I lost a child two years ago and I don’t know what she was even thinking.”

It's not clear if Youngblood has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.

[Photo: Fairfax County Police Department] 

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