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Woman walked into police station and admitted to murdering her two young children, Missouri police say

Police in Missouri say a woman drowned one of her children and shot another, then broke into a police station and confessed.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said 36-year-old Ashley Parmelee appeared to be wearing wet clothing when she walked into the Festus Police Department Tuesday morning, allegedly saying she had killed her two children.

Police found the injured girl inside the woman’s vehicle in a parking lot and attempted life-saving measures, but the 9-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe she was shot while the vehicle was in the area of ​​Highway E in St. Francois County.

“He said, ‘Sheriff, this is a difficult problem.’

Investigators said they found her 2-year-old son, who appeared to have drowned, at Timber Creek Resort in rural Festus. Investigators again attempted life-saving measures, but the son was also pronounced dead.

Police discovered a third child, a relative, was alive.

Parmelee was taken into custody and charged in connection with her son’s death, but the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said they plan to seek charges in her daughter’s death as well. She was being held without bail in the Jefferson County Jail.

Authorities have not released the victim’s name, but a letter sent by Festus School confirmed the identity of the 9-year-old girl.

“It is with sadness and a heavy heart that the Festus R-VI School District informs us that the victim of today’s tragic incident, 9-year-old Scarlett Parmelee, had just successfully completed third grade at Festus Elementary School,” the letter said.

“Scarlett’s teachers and administrators say she was a fun, energetic and dependable student,” they continued. “They say she was caring, compassionate, eager to please and had a great sense of humor. She could make friends with anyone and was excited to resume classes in August and move on to the fourth grade.”

KMOV-TV reported that Parmelee had blacked out his social media profiles before the murders and had also posted images supporting the Second Amendment.

“So many people in our community will be affected by this incident and we ask for additional prayers tonight,” Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said at a news conference.

“I just spoke to one of the officers who was guarding a crime scene around here and he said, ‘Sheriff, this is a difficult case,'” he said.

Festus is a suburb of St. Louis with a population of about 12,000.

This is News Video Report From KMOV.

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