Police in Virginia said a woman and three children were killed in an apparent murder and suicide.
The Smith County sheriff’s office said authorities discovered the bodies of a 27-year-old woman, a 10-year-old boy, and a 3-year-old boy after answering a call Friday morning in Marion, a small town in southwestern Virginia.
Police said a six-year-old boy was found in critical condition. The child was taken to hospital and later died. Police said an 8-year-old boy “ran away from the scene.
Police said preliminary investigations showed the woman killed the children and that there were no other suspects. Police did not immediately reveal the names of the women and children.
The police did not specify the woman’s relationship with the children.