Toddler and dad found dead in apparent murder-suicide hours after mom sought protection order

The bodies of a 4-year-old boy and his father were found just hours after the boy’s mother had petitioned for an emergency order for authorities to pick up the child.

Less than 12 hours after the bodies were discovered at a South Florida condo the boy’s mother received an email from a judge denying her request saying the motion “does not present an emergency as it addresses the issue of child visitation,” as per The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Last week, the boy’s mother sought protection orders against the father for stalking and domestic violence.

Three days before the deaths, the father texted her: “You deserve to have your head separated from your body,” according to her petition, as per News4Jax.


Reports now suggest that deaths were a murder-suicide.

The boy’s mother filed the emergency pick-up order on Friday after receiving a series of threatening texts and after her son hadn’t been taken to school. If it had been granted police would have had the authority to go to the condo and take the child.

“It just absolutely breaks my heart because our system can do better,” said Meaghan Marro, the mother’s attorney.

William Devries, the father’s landlord, said the boy’s mother had called him and asked him to check on her son, saying the father seemed “not right.”

“She was very concerned, obviously,” Devries said, as per News4Jax.

Devries called the police, who went there Friday night and found the bodies.


I don’t know what more proof this judge needed to grant the emergency pick-up and surely any evidence to show that a child could be in possible danger should be acted upon?

I hope a thorough investigation is carried out in the wake of such a devastating tragedy so nothing like this can ever happen again. My heart goes out the mother.

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