Mother Who Killed Self & 3 Daughters In Missouri Murder-Suicide Battled Depression

Tue, March 20, 2012 5:42pm EST by 16 Comments
Christine Adewunmi Murder-Suicide

The 37-year-old mother who shot her three daughters before killing herself at a Missouri campground was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.

Police confirm that stay-at-home mom Christine Adewunmi killed herself and her three daughters — Lauren, 8, Samantha, 6, and Kate, 3 — in a tragic murder-suicide, according to The Daily Mail.

“Depression is difficult to understand and a serious illness that is hard to comprehend,” the family said in a statement. “No one knew the depths of her problem or could ever foresee this tragedy occurring. We cannot understand why this happened and are dealing with this tragic loss one minute at a time.”

Christine’s husband and the girl’s father, Leonard Adewunmi, knew something was terribly wrong when he returned home from work to find his family missing. He immediately reported their disappearance to police.

He told the officers he was afraid she might be suicide because of her bipolar disorder and depression. The day before she disappeared with the girls, she had been to a hospital for evaluation and decided to check herself in for treatment. But rather than follow through, she took the girls to a rural part of Missouri 80 miles outside of St. Louis and shot them.

The family’s computer revealed search results for how to kill yourself and information on depression, and Leonard told officers she had left before with the girls and lied about her whereabouts each time.

In the family’s statement, they called Leonard an “involved and caring dad” and said he will “miss cooking with Lauren, playing soccer with Sammi, and singing to Kate.”

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