Florida woman and two children die in apparent murder-suicide

 October 22, 2023

In horrifying news, a Florida woman and her twin five-year-old daughters were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

A press release put out by the Seminole County Sheriff's Office on Friday explained that its deputies responded to reports that a woman had jumped into Lake Jesup after exiting a vehicle on the S.R 417 bridge.

Dead identified as 31-year-old Catorreia Hutto

Deputies spotted the body of a woman floating in the water and received assistance from local boaters in retrieving her remains.

NBC News reported that Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma addressed the event at a press conference on Friday afternoon.

He explained that the deceased woman was identified as 31-year-old Catorreia Hutto and that deputies were dispatched to her home in Sanford, Florida.

Children appeared to be sleeping

There the deputies discovered Hutto's two children who initially appeared to be sleeping. "If they did not check the vital signs they would not know they were deceased," the sheriff explained.

Lemma went on to say that there had been no reports about Hutto and her children on file with his office or with the Florida Department of Children and Families.

"Nobody that we know had any indication that she may be in this dire state," the county lawman went on to insist. Neighbor Latoshia Reynolds offered a similar assessment.

"I am absolutely heartbroken," she told NBC News. "I have empathy. I don't have to know her. I have a daughter of my own, and what first comes to be is that she may not have had anyone to reach out to."

The death of Hutto and her two daughters came weeks after four members of a New Jersey family died in another apparent murder-suicide.

According to the New York Post, the body of 43-year-old Tej Pratap Singh was found alongside that of his 42-year-wife Sonal Parihar as well as the remains of their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter on October 6.

That gruesome discovery was made in their Plainsboro home after relatives called local law enforcement and requested a wellness check.

"They were such a sweet family," a neighbor was quoted as telling NJ.com. The neighbor added that her daughter met Singh and Parihar's daughter at the school bus stop every morning but noticed that she was absent two days before the little girl was found dead.

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