Mom Planned To Kill Herself After Shooting Daughter, Police
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 16, 2003
BRANFORD, CONNECTICUT--In early January, Jennifer O'Connor telephoned the state Department of Children and Families to say "a friend" was having trouble with her daughter.
Officials soon realized that O'Connor was talking about herself and her 7-year-old daughter Sara. They investigated and determined within a few weeks that Sara, who had learning disabilities, was not in any danger.
On April 4, O'Connor used a .30-caliber Winchester rifle to shoot Sara once in the back as she slept in her bed, police claim. The girl died three days later.
O'Connor is now receiving treatment for developmental and learning disabilities, said her lawyer, William Dow.
Investigators now believe that O'Connor planned to kill herself after murdering her daughter.