Family of Five Dead; Murder/Suicide Considered

Photo Credit: Morguefile.com

Photo Credit: Morguefile.com

News broke Sunday of 5 bodies found dead at a home in Pennsylvania, including three small children and a dog.

Police responded to the Short family home Saturday afternoon after a relative reported that the mother, Megan, had never made it to a lunch date and was not answering her phone.

A handgun was reportedly found near one of the deceased adults. Authorities also report finding a handwritten note indicating murder/suicide and hinting at domestic issues between Megan and her husband, Mark. Police have not yet said which parent they believe wrote the note nor which parent the handgun was close to.

The Short family has been in the news before. The youngest, Willow, now 2, was born with a rare heart condition that required surgery when she was only 3 days old, followed by a full heart transplant. The family struggled to obtain the necessary anti-rejection medication they needed for Willow.

Mother Megan chronicled their struggles with Willow’s illness in a personal blog, where she described her own struggle with PTSD symptoms following the medical ordeal.

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