Joliet baby, father dead in apparent murder-suicide: police

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JOLIET – A 35-year-old man killed his 1-year-old baby inside a Joliet home Saturday, according to police, before taking his own life.

Around 2:45 p.m. Saturday, an officer was dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the 8300 block of Buckingham Lane, police said. The officer reportedly heard gunshots as they arrived on the scene, where they found a 32-year-old woman and her 9-year-old girl suffering from fresh injuries.

The mother told police her husband, who she was separated from, was inside with their 1-year-old baby. Officers attempted to make contact with the man, but were unsuccessful. A SWAT team responded to the scene, and when all attempts at communicating with the man failed, they breached the door.

After they searched the home, they discovered the 35-year-old man and baby dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

The mother and her daughter were transported to St. Joseph Hospital, where they were treated for their injuries.

Neighbors say they are devastated and praying for the family members who survived. A small memorial began forming outside the home Sunday afternoon.

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