Man Shoots Wife & Himself After Falsely Accused Of Abusing 3-Month-Old Daughter

Mon, April 2, 2012 12:14pm EDT by 5 Comments
David O'Shell Murder Suicide

Two Colorado parents were accused of abusing their infant and died in a tragic murder-suicide. BUT after their deaths it was revealed the baby actually had a rare fatal genetic disorder!

Colorado police officers David and Tiffany O’Shell were accused of harming their 3-month-old daughter, Alyssa, after doctor’s found 11 fractures in her legs. However, it wasn’t actually abuse — Their daughter suffered from an undiagnosed, fatal condition in infants, according to The Daily Mail.

The devastating accusations must have taken a toll on David because the day before the couple were supposed to meet with investigators, David shot his wife in the head before shooting himself.

Only a week late, Alyssa was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy! The disorder hinders the development of muscles needed for sitting up, supporting her head or standing and also causes bones to break easily.

Four months after her parents’ sad, unnecessary death, 7-month-old Alyssa died. Such a tragedy!

–Giovanna Pagliarulo

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jen

Posted at 11:51 AM on May 12, 2012  

It’s such a shame that this happened. However, if the father was so messed up that he shot and killed not only himself but his wife without fighting to get his daughter back then he was obviously very unstable and the baby would have been better off without him anyway. Shame Alyssa sadly died later too.

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stephen erdmann

Posted at 10:05 PM on October 19, 2012  

Jen: As a parent who had to endure similar circumstances with CPS for seven months–let alone one week–how dare you admonish the father. Keep in mind, I’m not advocating or approving of what he did (killing his wife, then taking his life) as being admirable or the correct action, but you are in absolutely NO place to sit and judge his psychological state or ability as a parent prior to these sad events unless you’ve been through them yourself. I can tell you from my own personal experience (and that of my wife’s), it is truly Hell. Those around you cut ties; you’re severed from the community; when you walk in public, all you can wonder is when a person looks at you…”what are they thinking I did?” While there are instances were CPS has dropped the ball and left children to be abused and ultimately killed–only to end up as a feature on the news and some Dr. Phil segment months later–this same agency has also rushed to judgement falsely on hundreds if not thousands of parents. Even if you WIN in family court and prove you did not abuse your child–as our son had a medical condition due to being born at 28 weeks that caused him to have underdeveloped blood vessels in his brain–while you might get your child back immediately, as we did, you cannot get your names removed from the CPS founded list as it operates separately from any courtroom–criminal or family. What’s worse…while the initial events are a spectacle, the powers that be do everything imaginable to hide when they mess up and don’t even offer public apology to those they wrongfully crucify. Yes, I am taking this a bit personal and your response. I’m not saying your a bad person; I don’t know you. What I know is that 3 years and 9 days ago, my wife and I were kicked out of our son’s hospital room. While we got him back in June of 2010, that dreary October night still seems fresh in my mind like it was yesterday–and the impact of those events follow us to this very day.

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Patricia

Posted at 3:28 PM on May 11, 2012  

the extended family of this couple and baby should sue the crap of everyone.. invovled this is what happens when people have nothing better to do.. not even proper investigation before accusing and the baby did not die because she had spinal muscular atrophy but because the baby was deprived of the nurturing unconditional love of her parents..

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ann

Posted at 2:31 AM on April 3, 2012  

Cause the person is really dumb and doesn’t know how to report accuratly.

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Michelle

Posted at 2:38 PM on April 2, 2012  

This story is old! Its from 2008! Why are you posting it now?

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