An Oregon mother mired in a custody battle killed her two young children before turning a gun on herself, police and her former partner said.
Ashley Palmer, 31, was found dead early Tuesday from a gunshot wound inside an apartment in Gresham, where cops also discovered her two children, ages 6 and 8, gunned down in a gruesome murder-suicide, police said.
Gresham police identified Palmer in a statement Wednesday following the completion of autopsies in three deaths. Cops responded to the apartment after getting a welfare check request, cops said.
Palmer had separated from her spouse, Jenavie Palmer, two years ago and the couple were in the middle of a “pretty bad” custody dispute, her former partner told The Oregonian.
“We were in the middle of trial and the children were going back and forth between our houses,” Jenavie Palmer, 34, told the outlet.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Joshua Rhett Miller