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Police Say Child, 8, Ran to Neighbors for Help Following Shooting in White Lake

The boy was released to his father, White Lake Police said, after hearing his stepfather kill his mother, then himself.

It was a long night for neighbors, police and one White Lake family. According to reports, a husband and wife in their 30s were found dead in a home off Danforth late Monday night.

The woman's 8-year-old son ran to a neighbor's house to call for help around 9 p.m., telling police his stepfather had shot his mother, and then himself, according to White Lake Police.

Chief Ed Harris said the department had no history with the couple, who had only lived in the area for a year or so.

"We've never had any calls, there was no history of violence that we know of," Harris said.

The 8-year-old was taken to the station and released to his birth father.

The child told police, Harris said, that his mother and stepfather had been arguing prior to the shootings.

The incident remains under investigation, and the names of the couple won't be released until later in the day or tomorrow.

Dawn Pratt April 09, 2013 at 03:05 PM
How sad. No child should have to witness that. Poor baby:( not to mention this is close by. Very sad. Thoughts and prayers go out to this young man and families/friends.
That poor, poor child. I am sure this is something he will NEVER get over. OMG.....how awful! I am praying for this child and his family.
Nicole Maendel April 09, 2013 at 08:47 PM
My heart goes out to this little boy as he grieves the shocking loss of his mother. He will need a lot of love, care and attention. I wish those in the midst of this tragedy much peace and healing as they process the unthinkable.

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