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CHICAGO – An Illinois woman shot each of her three children, including a 10-month-old baby, in the head before apparently killing herself, authorities said Monday. Investigators arriving on the scene found their bodies in the backyard, the woman’s hands stained with soot from firing the gun.
Authorities released new details on the shootings in Emington, a farming community with 117 residents about 85 miles southwest of Chicago. Neighbors have said the gunfire erupted moments after McMeen’s two older children got off a school bus on Friday.
Investigators found the body of her live-in boyfriend, Daniel Warren, 29, inside the couple’s rented home. They found McMeen, 30, and her three children in the backyard.
Next-door neighbor Annelise Fiedler told The Associated Press on Saturday that she ran out of her house when she heard the first burst of gunfire. She saw McMeen hovering over her baby as if she had dropped her.
Fiedler asked McMeen if everything was all right.
“She looked at me and said, `No, everything is not all right,”‘ Fiedler said. Then, McMeen shot the baby.
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