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Mother Kills Two Children, Self Over Custody Dispute

The insanity of anger and revenge resulted in three deaths in a horrific shooting in Lake Wales Sunday. A dispute over child custody was the likely motivation that caused a woman to kill her children and herself.

Brandy Hutchins of Lake Wales lost a ruling that had brought her former spouse here from his relocated home in Maine. She was ordered to turn over custody by 6:00 pm Friday. Instead she fled.

Hutchins had apparently chosen to hide in a mobile home in the Waverly neighborhood in Lake Wales, accompanied by her 19-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son, Aiden. Law enforcement was asked to assist in locating her. They found the trio dead of gunshot wounds.

A weekend social media post sought information from the public. A tip lead law enforcement to find the three dead of gunshot wounds on Sunday.

Hutchins had reportedly previously shared a July 29 post about another missing child with a single word comment: "Heartbreaking."

Further details had not yet been released by law enforcement as of Monday morning. This story may be updated as reliable information is received.


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