Deaths of mother, child investigated as murder-suicide

September 24, 2021 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The deaths of a child and mother in Rapid City are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Police said the probe is ongoing, but that based on the evidence recovered so far, authorities believe this is a case of child murder and adult suicide.

The victims have been identified as 26-year-old Trisha Paxson-Dennett and her son, 4-year-old Russel Reeves. Their bodies were discovered Tuesday evening by officers who responded to the scene of a reported gunshot victim.

Police spokesman Brendyn Medina said the boy’s father had called in the gunshot report, and authorities have ruled him out as a suspect, the Rapid City Journal reported.