A 28-year-old Michigan mother of three reportedly used a false doctor’s note to get her daughters out of school before she killed them and herself last week.
Aubrianne Moore showed up at her kids’ school in the day to pick up Alaina Rau, 2; Cassidy Rodery, 6; and Kyrie Rodery, 8, said Kent County Sheriff’s Office detectives in a Fox News report.
The “doctor’s note” to the school was fake, officials said.
Moore’s former social worker had warned about her behavior months before the tragic incident in a petition to the Newaygo County Probate Court.
“Aubrianne is keeping her kids home from school because the television told her there would be a school bus accident today,” the social worker said, WYFF reported.
She added: “Aubrianne stays awake at night believing people will break into her home. Aubrianne is not eating believing food is being poisoned.”
“I believe the individual has mental illness and as a result of that mental illness the individual can reasonably be expected within the near future to intentionally or unintentionally seriously physically injure self or others,” the social worker said.
VIDEO from 19 Mile Road northwest of Cedar Springs, where authorities are investigating the apparent shooting deaths of four people, including children: https://t.co/KYZ9oofRcc pic.twitter.com/4qQpw4Yoan
— WOOD TV8 (@WOODTV) February 18, 2019
WOOD-TV, citing investigators, reported that she drove her daughters out to a forested area near their great-grandparents’ home before luring them one-by-one.
Moore then shot them with a hunting rifle before going back to her boyfriend’s house, turning the gun on herself near the vehicle, the report said.
“I’ve been with the sheriff’s department for 29 years,” Kent County Sheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young stated in a video.
“This is one of the hardest cases I’ve ever hear about. This is a very difficult case. Our investigators are feeling it. It’s heartbreaking that something like this happened in our community.”
Family members have identified the three children and the woman found dead in Michigan today. They are 2-year-old Alanah Moore, 6-year-old Cassidy Graham and 8-year-old Kyrie Graham and Aubrianne Moore. https://t.co/AWjPaxIbAz
— WKRG (@WKRG) February 19, 2019
“We don’t know what was going through her head, she didn’t leave a suicide note or anything like that,” LaJoye-Young added in the video.
“Mom appears to have been struggling with pretty substantial mental health issues… She had some postings on Facebook and things like that that lead to believe she was paranoid and thought that the kids were in jeopardy somehow.”
The sheriff elaborated on the incident.
“We were able to pretty accurately put together the timeline of everything that happened from the time the kids were picked up from school until the time the bodies were found, so we’re very certain that there wasn’t any opportunity for anyone else (to be involved). Plus the ballistics were consistent with the suicide in the three murders,” LaJoye-Young told WOOD.
KCSO Sheriff LaJoye-Young addresses the media regarding an active investigation on 19 mile Road. We can confirm 4 casualties however we do not believe there is an active threat to community safety. pic.twitter.com/HdcxtNyI6n
— Kent County Sheriff (@KentSheriff) February 18, 2019
At one point last year, Moore agreed to be hospitalized due to mental health issues, but it’s not clear how long she was there.
“I don’t understand it. She had beautiful children, wonderful children,” a family member told WOOD-TV. “I don’t see what the reason was to take them.”
School officials also spoke fondly of the girls.
“Cassidy’s teacher mentioned she was hard-working and friendly,” Tri County Area Superintendent Allen Cumings said in a letter, as Fox reported. “Kyrie’s teacher also noted her love of reading and said she often volunteered to help others.”
Gift of Life Michigan in Ann Arbor said that Cassidy and Kyrie’s father agreed to donate some of their tissue, WOOD reported.
If you or someone you know struggles with suicidal thoughts, one can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.