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Mother kills 5-year-old son, then herself in south St. Louis

When officers arrived at the home, they found two victims dead inside

ST. LOUIS — A woman and child were found shot to death inside a home in south St. Louis early Wednesday morning, police confirmed. A police lieutenant at the scene described the shooting as a murder-suicide.

Officers responded shortly before 6 a.m. to the 4000 block of Quincy Street, which is in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood in south city just south of Carondolet Park.

When officers arrived, they met a woman inside the home who they described as "acting irrationally." Fearing she may have a weapon, police left the building to secure the scene and ask for additional assistance.

They then heard a gunshot. When they went back inside, they found the woman dead along with her 5-year-old son.

The St. Louis police department’s homicide unit was requested to respond to the scene.

The view from Sky5 showed crime scene tape surrounding the one-story home on the residential street. Police blocked the road in front of the home.

"I walk past this every single day, I never seen anything or heard anything; it's shocking," said Dan Bequette, who lives nearby. "You would have to think that the person would have reached a point of hopelessness."

"We can't even begin to imagine what must have been going on for her and what her state of mind might have been at that point," said Molly Brown, the clinical director at Crisis Nursery.

Crisis Nursey provides a safe haven for families and parents who feel they have run out of options.

Brown said the organization has been getting more calls for help, especially during the pandemic.

"I had a mom who actually told me my kids would be better off if I weren't here," Brown recalled.

Brown said parents or families needing help can reach out 24/7 to the Crisis Nursery helpline at 314-768-3201.

The 5-year-old killed Wednesday is the 119th child shot in the City of St. Louis this year, according to 5 On Your Side’s data. The 5-year-old is the 20th child to die by gunfire in the city in 2020.

The last time there was a homicide in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood was in January 2018.

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or thinking of suicide, help is available 24 hours a day through several hotlines. Use the numbers below or click the links for more information.

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