There’s a devil loose: Suicidal mom took her daughter to Chuck E Cheese to celebrate her 4th birthday then shot the child and herself dead in SUV

Kanisha Richardson with three year-old daughter Ava, who she is accused of shooting dead, shortly before she took her own life (Pictures: Facebook)

A suicidal mother took her toddler daughter for pizza to celebrate her birthday – then shot the toddler dead, before turning the gun on herself, police say. Kanisha Richardson took daughter Ava to a Chuck E Cheese in Bridgeton, Missouri, for an early birthday party earlier this month.

The mother and daughter were last seen alive last Monday, with a relative reporting them missing on Wednesday. Their corpses were found in a parked car on Saturday, near a gun, with police investigator Major Mark Mossotti telling the St Louis Post-Dispatch: ‘Everything points to a murder-suicide.’

Relative Niki Harris took to Facebook in the wake of the tragedy to reveal that Ava had been due to spend Monday – the day of her fourth birthday – at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Announcing a vigil on her Facebook profile Monday, she wrote: ‘FAMILY & FRIENDS WE WILL CELEBRATE AVA’S 4TH BIRTHDAY TODAY AT CHUCK E CHEESE (SOUTH COUNTY) WHERE HER MOM LAST TOOK HER TO HAVE FUN.’

Earlier the same day, Harris wrote: ‘WE GAVE YOU A PARTY JUST BC YOU WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN FLORIDA BUT I GUESS GOD KNEW SOMETHING ELSE SMH.’

Missouri’s Highway Patrol issued an endangered missing person alert, saying that Richardson had spoken about killing herself, and may have been armed with a gun.

No suicide note was found in the car, with investigators working to try and establish what may have driven Richardson to the alleged murder suicide.

SOURCE: MetroUK – Jimmy McCloskey

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