Police: Mother kills child, herself at Phoenix-area hospital

MESA, Ariz. (AP) – The latest on the apparent murder-suicide of a mother and child at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital (all times local):

Authorities have identified the mother and son found dead at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital.

Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry tells KPHO-TV that the bodies of 27-year-old Tammy Griffith and her 5-year-old son, Helious, were discovered inside the child’s room after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police suspect Griffith killed her child and then committed suicide. No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

Berry says Griffith shot herself to death, but could not describe how the child died. The boy had been hospitalized for the past week. Berry earlier declined to say why because of privacy rules.

Police say the mother has an open case with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, but she was the boy’s legal guardian.

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11:47 a.m.

Police say it appears a mother of a patient at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital took her son’s life before taking her own.

Authorities say nurses at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa found the woman and her 5-year-old child dead inside the child’s room after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry says the mother had a fatal gunshot wound but did not say how the boy died.

Investigators believe the mother killed the child and then herself.

No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

The boy had been hospitalized for the past week. Berry declined to say why because of privacy rules.

Police say the mother has an open case with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, but she was the boy’s legal guardian.

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8:50 a.m.

Police say it appears a mother of a patient at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital took her child’s life before taking her own.

Authorities say staff at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa found a woman and her 5-year-old child dead inside the child’s room sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry says the mother had a fatal gunshot wound but did not say how the child died.

Investigators believe the mother killed the child and then herself.

No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

Berry says the child had been hospitalized for the past week but did not say why.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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8:25 a.m.

Police say it appears a mother of a patient at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital took her child’s life before taking her own.

Authorities say staff at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa found a woman and her 5-year-old child dead inside the child’s room sometime after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators believe it is a murder-suicide.

No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

Police did not say the manner in which they died.

They are continuing the investigation at the scene.

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