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Ontario mother kills 11-year-old son with a hammer before taking her own life

February 22, 2011 | 10:51 am

A mother facing eviction used a hammer to bludgeon her 11-year-old son to death before committing suicide by slitting her throat Friday night, San Bernardino County authorities said.

The bodies of Eddie Lopez and his 41-year-old mother Libia Lopez were found inside an Ontario shed by police around 8 p.m. after a neighbor reported seeing a dead woman, coroner’s officials said.

The boy was  beaten with a hammer and the mother cut her throat after failing to overdose on anti-depressants, investigators said.

A motive has yet to be determined, but police noted that the woman and her son were both facing eviction.


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