Deaths of North Texas Mom, Baby Son Ruled Homicides

By Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
Epoch Newsroom
December 20, 2016 Updated: December 20, 2016

Fort Worth police are investigating the deaths of a mother and her 3-month-old son whose bodies were found in bed at their home.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday identified the pair as 36-year-old Shanna Vandewege and her son, Diederick. The boy was born Sept. 5.

Medical examiner case records list the baby’s death as a homicide caused by a cut wound to the neck. The records don’t yet list manner or cause of death for the mother.

Their bodies were discovered Thursday night. Homicide investigators are handling the case.

Officer Daniel Segura says Fort Worth police went to the house after receiving a call from Saginaw police reporting a man had arrived at the home and found the woman and child dead.

Shanna and husband Craig Vandewege had recently moved from Denver, Colorado, to Texas, says a GoFundMe page for the family. It was started to cover funeral expenses.

According to the fund:

Shanna Vandewege and her beautiful baby boy were found dead in their home December 15, 2016. She is survived by her husband Craig. The Vandewege family had just moved from Denver to Forth Worth, Tx. Shanna was a beautiful soul and a dedicated nurse and mother. She cared about her patients as if they were family. All our thoughts and prayers are with Shanna’s family. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed and how difficult this time is.

“Shanna was a beautiful soul and a dedicated nurse and mother,” a friend wrote on the page. “All our thoughts and prayers are with Shanna’s family. There are no words to describe how much she will be missed and how difficult this time is.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.