What led to Sheri Shermeyer a Pennsylvania mother suffocating her baby to death and then fatally shooting herself? Posts suicide note on Facebook.
Sheri Shermeyer a 40 year old Glen Rock, Pennsylvania mother has suffocated her baby boy before fatally shooting herself dead the day after Christmas.
The murder suicide is thought to come as a result of an escalating child custody case between the woman and her estranged husband.
Police have yet to confirm the mother’s motives in what could be a case of the mother tormented with bouts of suicide and depression.
Police said the woman killed her 12 month baby son, John Shermeyer before killing herself at her Shrewsbury Township home, with cops making the morbid discovery Monday afternoon after conducting a welfare check.
Investigators say the woman used a pillow to suffocate her infant son, who appears to have died of asphyxiation, notes the York Dispatch.
Disconcert came to the fore after the mother went on Facebook earlier that day where she appeared to be threatening to take her own life.
Wrote Sheri: ‘I want you to know that I LOVE John Russell more than anything in this world,’
‘I always thought of myself to be a strong person. I’ve been through Hell and back and still had a smile. I’ve lost too many people; family, friends, pets, jobs etc. But as of late I don’t feel so strong,’
‘I have been slowly dying inside. I’m confused, just torn down, hardly ever go out in public anymore, don’t socialize with people, I’ve become a hermit.’
‘I feel that the ONLY thing I have to live for is this little guy asleep in my arms right now, John. He is the only reason why I haven’t blown my head off right now.
‘And even now, all I can think about is leaving this world. Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving.
‘Which is what is going to happen.
Added the mother: ‘I’m tired of being told the grass is greener somewhere else, tired of crying.’
It also later addressed the son’s father, stating: ‘You will never see your son again. You don’t deserve to have a son, to have a legacy.’
Added the mother: ‘Why am I putting this on social media for all to see? Because this seems to be the only way you will listen or see it,’
‘Seems to p**s you off when I put ‘something out there’. So here it is for all to see. You’re not so great a guy, you’re an a–hole who deserves to be alone. Good bye, good riddance, wish I never wasted these past years with you. Hope I don’t see you in Hell.’
Sheri also changed her Facebook cover photo on Christmas to read: ‘Sometimes what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.’
She had posted smiling photos of her son in the days before, but also written on Facebook on Christmas Eve: ‘Grief never ends… but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness nor a lack of faith… It is the price of love.’
Of note, a report via pennlive notes the mother previously posting a suicide-prevention phone number on her page last month, writing: ‘A simple copy and paste might save someone’s life.’
While police have yet to say who called to seek a welfare check on the mother’s well being, the York Dispatch reports that the child’s father was present at the time when police first arrived at the family home.
An autopsy is scheduled for Sheri and John on Wednesday. Police are still investigating the incident as commentators wonder why the suicidal mother wasn’t able to attain help….