Toronto Sun

Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Mother kills kids in tub

Then shoots herself


HARTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- A Michigan woman apparently drowned her two baby daughters in a bathtub and then shot herself dead, authorities said.

The bodies of the 24-year-old woman and her daughters were discovered Monday when the woman's eight-year-old son came home from school.

"It's a terrible scene," undersheriff Robert Bezotte said.

"This type of scene is very traumatic to the investigating officers. We all have kids.

"It's very rare for females to shoot themselves in this manner."


Michelle Lee Vorase was found in the master bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said. Daughters Anna Lynn, 22 months, and Olivia Michelle, three months, were found in the bathtub in about 20 centimetres of water.

The gun was registered to the father, Scott Vorase, 26, who was at work at the time of the deaths, police said.

Sheriff's detectives had not determined a motive.

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