Michigan woman Aubrianne Marie Moore, 28, shot and killed her three daughters on Monday before turning the rifle on herself. The triple murder-suicide has left her smalltown community of Cedar Springs reeling.
The Kent County Medical Examiner ruled on Wednesday that the shooting deaths of Moore’s three children- Alaina Rau, 2, Cassidy Rodery, 6, and Kryie Roder, 9- were homicides. The Examiner also found that Moore’s death was a suicide.
According to the Sheriff’s Department of Kent County, Moore used a hunting rifle to shoot her three daughters in local woodland. She then put their bodies into her car, drove to her boyfriend’s home and shot herself upon arrival.
Now the news has come out that in September 2018, five months before Moore would go on to kill her three young daughters and herself, a local social worker opened a probate file in Newaygo court to have Moore committed to a psychiatric hospital.
According to local CBS-affiliated television station WLNS, a social worker filed a petition for mental health treatment which noted how Aubrianne Moore was assessed as being “dangerous”. The clinical certificate included in the court bundle as part of the filing detailed how Moore had been diagnosed with unspecified schizophrenia, was paranoid and had both visual and auditory hallucinations.
Records indicate that Moore was hospitalised for a short-term 10 day stay at a Grand Rapids psychiatric hospital in September, but the allocated social worker believed she needed formally committing on a longer-term basis.
The social worker’s recommended committal did not happen.
Brandon Rodery, the father of the two oldest girls Cassidy and Kyrie, told WLNS how his ex-partner struggled with postnatal depression following the birth of her youngest child Alaina.
He told local reporters that Moore was a caring mother who dearly loved her children, and that he was unable to fathom how she was capable of killing her own children in the way that has been reported.
Speaking on the matter, Rodery told WLNS how he was aware that Moore was “mentally ill and not in her right mind.”
“She was so protective. This is the last thing I would’ve expected. She loved her kids. That’s why I don’t understand what happened”
“I don’t want to try to justify any of this. She wasn’t in her right mind or she wouldn’t have done it. I don’t want her to be portrayed as a monster or anything like that.”