Mother, child dead in Sarasota murder-suicide

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Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2013 12:02 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Mon Sep 2, 2013.

SARASOTA--A 35-year-old mother is dead  along with her 17 month old child following a shooting early Sunday morning. Authorities say the mother shot the child then turned the gun on herself.

The Sarasota Police Department responded to the call at the 4000 block of Old Bradenton Road around 9:45 a.m. Police say the child's father returned home from a scooter ride, heard shots fired and then called police.

Spokeswoman Genevieve Judge says 35-year-old Sarah Harnish died at the scene. Josephine Boice, her daughter, was taken to the hospital and later died.

Neighbors told ABC 7 News that that the area is normally quiet and they did not hear any gunshots or disturbances this morning or last night.

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