Michigan Mom, Kids Die After ‘Mental Health Crisis’

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan mom and her two youngsters have been discovered frozen to dying over the weekend after the mother skilled a “psychological well being disaster,” a county sheriff stated Monday.

Monica Cannady, 35, “believed somebody was making an attempt to kill her and that everyone was in on it” earlier than she and her youngsters died, Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard stated in a Monday information convention.

Authorities discovered the sons, ages 9 and three, and their mom on Sunday in a wooded space of Pontiac, which is round 20 miles (about 32 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

Investigators additionally discovered a 10-year-old woman and introduced her to an area hospital, the place Bouchard stated on Monday she was in secure situation. The woman had knocked on a door and stated that her “household was lifeless in a subject,” Bouchard stated.

Relations tried to assist Cannady earlier than she left together with her youngsters, however she refused, Bouchard stated. When the household arrived within the wooded subject, Cannady informed her youngsters to lie down and sleep. The 2 sons and their mom died of hypothermia, in line with an post-mortem report.

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Bouchard advocated for higher psychological well being assist on the Monday press convention, saying there may be “a lot extra” to be accomplished relating to disaster response and long-term options.

“It takes power to ask for assist. It is not weak spot,” he stated. “It is inspired.”

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