Police say a Pennsylvania woman suffocated her 1-year-old son with a pillow, and then shot herself in the head, all after leaving a long suicide note on her Facebook page.
The bodies of Sheri Shermeyer, 40, and her infant son, John, were found dead inside their home a day after Christmas.
Pennsylvania State Police were dispatched to the home in Shrewsbury Township on Monday to conduct a welfare check after Shermeyer posted the suicide note that appears to be directed at her husband.
“You will never see your son again,” Shermeyer wrote. “You don’t deserve to have a son, to have a legacy. Why should you have your name carried on? You are a nasty man.”
The message posted to Shermeyer’s Facebook page appears to show she was suffering from depression, and was struggling with relationship issues.
“I always thought of myself to be a strong person. I’ve been through Hell and back and still had a smile. I’ve lost too many people; family, friends, pets, jobs etc. But as of late I don’t feel so strong,” Shermeyer wrote.
“I have been slowly dying inside. I’m confused, just torn down, hardly ever go out in public anymore, don’t socialize with people, I’ve become a hermit,” Shermeyer added. “I feel that the ONLY thing I have to live for is this little guy asleep in my arms right now, John. He is the only reason why I haven’t blown my head off right now.”
“And even now, all I can think about is leaving this world,” the Facebook post continues. “Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving. Which is what is going to happen.”
An autopsy on Sheri and John is scheduled for Wednesday, and police are still investigating the incident.
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