Police: Brighton mom in murder-suicide feared losing kid
The Brighton mother involved in the apparent murder-suicide involving her 5-year-old daughter was suffering from depression and anxiety because she feared losing the child, according to new details released by police Tuesday.
Brighton police revealed the mother's name was Melissa Partee, 38. Authorities said evidence collected at the scene suggests the 5-year old girl may have been sedated with pills mixed into a drink. She died from strangulation.
Partee died of a single gunshot to the head, according to a preliminary autopsy.
Police conducted a welfare check at noon Monday on the 700 block of North Second. That welfare check was requested by the girl's father, the woman's ex-boyfriend.
The parents had planned a custody exchange, but the mother never showed.
Police saw the mother's vehicle in the driveway and tried contacting her without success.
They entered the home, with the assistance of the landlord and found Partee and child dead.