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Deputies: Ocala woman shot, killed 6-month-old

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 08:16 AM

OCALA — Authorities say a 20-year-old woman shot her infant son and then turned the gun on herself.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office reports that 6-month-old Jonah Mendoza was pronounced dead this afternoon. His mother, Melanie Reyes, was in critical condition at an area hospital.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports that a relative of the mother saw a Facebook posting concerning the woman and a suicide. The relative called authorities, and deputies went to the home of the young woman's parents, which is where the young woman and her baby lived.

Deputies arrived about 11:15 a.m. to find the woman and baby in a back bedroom. No one else was home.

A handgun was recovered. Investigators were processing the shooting scene.

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