YORK, Pa. — Police in Pennsylvania are investigating after they say a mother intentionally suffocated her 12-month-old son before taking her own life in an apparent murder-suicide.
Sheri Shermeyer, 40 wrote a lengthy message on her Facebook page saying she loved her son, but she had been "slowly dying inside. I'm confused, just torn down, hardly ever go out in public anymore, don't socialize with people."
Based on a tip, Pennsylvania State Police were sent to the house in a small cluster of homes on Baltimore Street near Cedar Lane to check on Sheri Shermeyer, 40. They found her in bed with an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."
Police say the woman intentionally suffocated her son, John Shermeyer, who turned 1 earlier this month. He had been suffocated.
Shermeyer's Facebook page contains a mix of messages of despair and inspiration, and many photos of her smiling baby.
Christmas night, she updated her cover photo with a sign reading: "Sometimes what you're most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free."
On Monday, she wrote of her despair, her marriage, and the loss of "family, friends, pets, jobs."
Shermeyer's scathing Facebook posting, above, has received almost 2000 comments, most wanting to be non-judgmental
Tragedy: Police claim that Sheri Shermeyer, 40, suffocated her 12-month-old son John and then shot herself dead in a murder-suicide (Sheri, John and John's father above)
She also wrote of her intentions to kill herself.
The response was swift, with comments of support for her well-being. Others started expressing concern for her and her child's welfare.
About two hours later, people asked for someone to check the house.
A coroner was sent to the home just before 2 p.m. Autopsies are scheduled for Wednesday.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline, a network of more than 160 crisis centers, provides free and confidential support 24 hours a day for anyone in distress at 800-273-8255. Visit the website for more information.