A new mother from St. Louis, Missouri, allegedly shot her husband and their 3-month-old baby to death before turning the gun on herself. Now, experts are trying to determine if postpartum depression played a part in the tragic murder-suicide.
Mary Jo Trokey, 32, her husband, Matthew, 33, and baby Taylor Rose, were found dead on Friday at their home. One of Taylor Rose’s grandparents made the discovery, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A gun was found at the scene, and according to police Capt. Eric Larson, there was no sign of forced entry. He said that no one else was home when the violence erupted. All three bodies were found in the same section of the home. According to Fox 2, Mary Jo recently bought a gun.
The family dog was also shot. That dog has survived, Fox 2 reported.
The family's pastor told the Post-Dispatch on Saturday that he didn’t see any warning signs.
"It's hard to imagine what happened. People are baffled by it. It's inexplicable how someone could do this to themselves, let alone their little girl,” Rev. Bob Reiker said.
Relatives of the family are grappling with the tragedy’s aftermath.
“They’re just a good, Catholic family,” one relative told the Post-Dispatch. “They’re good people.”
When Kim Matrino-Sexton, the Postpartum Resources Coordinator for SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, heard the news, she said her heart sank. She encourages anyone who may be suffering from postpartum depression to seek out help, as she did.
"I just remember feeling such a sense of relief when there were other women feeling the same way. I was a high-powered career woman and then had this baby and felt like I was a foreigner in another land, and didn't know to get through the day,” Matrino-Sexton told Fox2. She said the online resource for help is postpartum.net.