( 4UMF NEWS ) Florida Mom Kills Two Sons Before Committing Suicide:
A Florida mom killed her two young sons before hanging herself with an electrical cord tied to a ceiling fan, cops said.
Dawn Brown, 34, and her two boys — identified by a friend of the family as 5-year-old Zayden and 9-year-old Zander — were found dead Saturday in their Clearwater home, the Tampa Tribune reported.
Her husband Murphy, 36, came home to the horrifying scene early in the morning. He sent family friend William Lavold a text message that “basically said that his wife killed his children and he needed my help,” Lavold said.
Just days earlier, Dawn Brown pleaded not guilty to a charge of welfare fraud stemming from an arrest last year.
Lavold said the arrest was “ground zero” for her life falling apart.
“Up until then, everything was perfect,” he said. “She had a great life planned ahead of her.”
Those plans included becoming a schoolteacher, but she stopped taking classes to stay at home with her sons. The family struggled to get by on the husband’s sole income from fixing cars, but their home went into foreclosure at least three times — most recently in February.
Cops didn’t reveal how the two boys died, or why they believe Dawn Brown killed them. She didn’t leave a suicide note, police said.