Mary Jo Trokey, left,, is reportedly thinks that the shooter in the double murder-suicide that left her, her husband and daughter dead, according to a police source.
(St. Raphael Catholic Church bulletin)
A new mother in Missouri is suspected by the police to be the shooter in a tragic double murder-suicide last week, killing herself, her husband and their three-month-old baby, a report said Tuesday — as experts considered whether postpartum depression played a role.
Mary Jo Trokey, 32, her husband Matthew, 33, and the pair of the baby, Taylor Rose, were found dead in their home Friday afternoon by one of the baby’s grandfather and grandmother, who notified authorities, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A gun was located in the residence, police said.
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Experts on mental illness told the newspaper postpartum psychosis — a rare disorder that manifests itself in irrational behavior, all caused by pregnancy — may have been a factor, although they pointed out that the majority of women with postpartum psychosis do not harm themselves or others.
Officials are also seeking records pertaining to a weapon she purchased, according to the report.
The police got a gun from the scene, where they allegedly believe that the shooting weapon.
(Fox 2 St. Louis)
The bodies activated in the same part of the house, the the police Capt. Eric Larson said on Friday, adding that “it appears to be a murder-suicide,” the Post-dispatch reported. Larson said that there was no evidence of a burglary, and the family were the only people at home during the recordings, which probably occurred in the middle of the night.
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“We are used to seeing trauma and violence,” Larson said. “What we are not accustomed to seeing is having it occur to innocent victims.”
The parents had reportedly lived in the area all their lives and were married for about five years, a family member told the Post-Dispatch. The Trokey is also a member of a nearby Catholic church, where they, allegedly, baptized their daughter in December.
“They are just a good, Catholic family,” the relative said. “They are good people.”