Police in Iowa investigating a mother and young son who were fatally struck by a train have concluded their deaths were a murder-suicide.
Teresa Gerleman, 35, allegedly yanked her 8-year-old son Henry Fields onto the crossing May 4 in Belle Plaine before the train hit them, news station KCCI reported.
The pair was declared dead around 5 a.m. on the tracks.
Authorities said they reviewed footage showing the mother and son’s final moments.
“Evidence at the impact site indicates Gerleman waited near the railroad tracks for the Union Pacific train to approach,” the Iowa Public Safety Department said in a Tuesday statement. “Gerleman and her son Henry can be seen on video crossing the tracks and as the train draws near, Gerleman returns to the center of the tracks and at the last moment pulls Henry into the path of the train.”
Officials said it was unclear what provoked the murder-suicide.
“We don’t know what tipped the scale or caused her to go down this path,” Special Agent Rick Rahn told The Gazette.
Gerleman’s uncle said that the family was stunned the woman would kill her young son.
“You want to commit suicide, go ahead,” Randy Gerleman told the newspaper. “But you are a dirty, rotten, lowdown, no-good son-of-a-gun yanking your son onto a railroad track and murdering him, too.”
Source: Jackie Salo (NY Post)
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