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Cops: Mom Took 3 Daughters Out to Lunch, Then Killed Them

Aubrianne Moore had history of mental illness
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 25, 2019 2:40 PM CST
Kent County Sheriff personnel investigate the scene of a fatal shooting on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, near Cedar Springs, Mich.   (Neil Blake/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

(Newser) – Investigators have revealed details equally sad and chilling in the Feb. 18 murder of three young girls by their mother near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Aubrianne Moore picked up the girls from school on the pretext of a doctor's appointment, took them out to lunch, and then shot them, police tell Fox 17. Authorities say Moore led the girls to a wooded area one at a time and killed them with a rifle. The girls were identified as Kyrie Rodery, 8, Cassidy Rodery, 6, and Alaina Rau, 2. Moore, who had a history of mental illness, then drove the girls' bodies to her boyfriend's home, where she fatally shot herself outside the vehicle. Last year, she had been diagnosed with "unspecified schizophrenia."

“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,” a social worker wrote in September in a bid to have Moore committed, per WLNS. Moore did spend some time in a hospital last year, but it's unclear whether she received proper follow-up care upon her release. Her recent social media posts suggested she thought the girls were in danger, and investigators think that's why she might have killed them. “I’m guessing from what happened that she probably wasn’t taking her medication," says the father of the older two girls. (A Coast Guard officer killed his wife and two young children in December.)

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