Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of woman, boy

Published 10:38 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

ORONO — Police said the deaths of a woman and her 5-year-old son at a home in Orono were an apparent murder-suicide.

Police Chief Correy Farniok said Tuesday that authorities conducted a welfare check Monday night after the boy was not returned to his father. Officers found the 47-year-old woman and her son hanging in the basement of the home.

Farniok said the boy’s father and the woman had joint custody of the child.

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Court documents say the woman who is listed as owning the house was involved in a custody battle with the boy’s father.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the names of the woman and child.