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Mother suffocated son, kills self in murder-suicide

YORK, Pa. – Police in Pennsylvania investigating after they say a 40-year-old mother intentionally choked her 12-month-old son before taking her own life in an apparent murder-suicide.

The bodies were found by officers who were sent to Sheri Shermeyer’s Shrewsbury Township home for a welfare check on Monday afternoon.

Shermeyer was found lying in her bed, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Police say the woman intentionally suffocated her son, John, who most likely died of suffocation.

A coroner was sent to the house just before 2 a.m. Autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday.

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