Deputies say woman shot, killed her 6-month-old

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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2013 4:39 pm

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a 20-year-old woman shot her infant son and then turned the gun on herself.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office reports that 6-month-old Jonah Mendoza was pronounced dead Friday afternoon. His mother, Melanie Reyes, was in critical condition at an area hospital.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that a relative of the mother saw a Facebook posting concerning the woman and a suicide. The relative called authorities, and deputies went to the home of the young woman's parents, which is where the young woman and her baby lived.

Deputies arrived about 11:15 a.m. to find the woman and baby in a back bedroom. No one else was home.

A handgun was recovered. Investigators were processing the shooting scene.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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