Florida mother kills 2 children and herself in apparent murder-suicide after losing custody battle

A Florida mother killed her two children and then herself in an apparent murder-suicide after losing a child custody battle with her ex.

Brandy Hutchins allegedly murdered her 10-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter before shooting herself inside the family’s mobile home after a judge ordered her to turn over her son to his Maine-based father, the county sheriff. from Polk. she said she sunday.

Hutchins was ordered to relinquish custody of her son by 6 p.m. Friday, but she never showed up for the appointment, according to the sheriff.

The sheriff’s office was notified that the mother had violated the court order and deputies worked over the weekend to find the boy, identified as Aiden Hutchins by his father.

Sadly, the boy’s body was found along with his half-sister and mother at a Lake Wales home Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Grady Judd said.

Brandy Hutchins allegedly murdered her 10-year-old son and 19-year-old daughter before shooting herself inside the family’s mobile home. Polk County Sheriff’s Office

“Brandy Hutchins … from all indications in our investigation now murdered her 10-year-old son and her 19-year-old son, murdered them, and after that, shot herself,” Judd said during a news conference. “I cannot imagine a more horrifying set of circumstances.”

He added that the mother had no criminal record or indications of possible violence.

“There were no indications that there should be violence,” Judd said.

The 19-year-old had a different father than her 10-year-old brother and was not part of the custody battle, according to the sheriff.

The boy’s father announced his son’s murder in a social media post after initially reporting him missing.

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“It is with a heavy heart that I write this to provide everyone with an update on my son Aiden Hutchins, who was kidnapped by his mother on August 25, 2023 and decided to murder him. She killed him today, August 27, 20203,” the heartbroken father wrote in a post Sunday. “He will always be in my heart and he didn’t deserve this.”

Aiden Hutchins was allegedly murdered by his mother after she recently lost a custody battle for him with the boy's father.Aiden Hutchins was allegedly murdered by his mother after she recently lost a custody battle for him with the boy’s father. Hutchins Race/Facebook

Judd said the sheriff’s office handles hundreds of thousands of warrants and rarely sees such violence.

“My heart is broken for the whole family,” he said. “We are devastated for this beautiful 10-year-old boy, all because the mother did not want to release him to the rightful father pursuant to a court order.”

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