An Oklahoma mother is accused of shooting her three children while they were sleeping on Thursday.
Fox 23 reports Amy Hall was arrested in a triple shooting that took the life of her 18-year-old and left one of her daughters brain dead.
According to the affidavit, Hall confessed to shooting her son Kayson Toliver, 16-year-old, and 14-year-old daughters because she was allegedly trying to protect her children from their abusive dad.
Fox News reports last month Hall filed an emergency order asking for temporary sole custody of the children while engaged in a two-year custody dispute. In 2016, the father told courts that Hall was mentally unstable and psychologically abusive to the children.
Police responded to a domestic violence incident but no arrests were made.
Thursday morning her son was found dead in a bedroom.
Allegedly, Hall shot the boy in the head while he was still asleep. She then turned her gun on her daughter, 16, before she tried to shoot her 14-year-old before she escaped into a bathroom.
According to officials, the mother-of-three had planned to kill herself as well, but her youngest managed to take the gun away.
The 16-year-old was announced brain dead on Monday, reports Daily Mail.
KJRH reports, Hall told authorities:
“‘Some part of [her] thought [she] was saving them’ from her ex-husband.”
Her son wrote on his Twitter account a few months before he was murdered:
“Constantly thinking about my future.”
“That’s just it … he has no future. He was looking toward the future. It’s heartbreaking. It’s just hard to overcome.”
“He was a very likable young man. He had a good heart, good spirit. His smile was infectious. It just infected everyone around him. He made you want to smile.”
Hall was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill.
She remains in jail on no bond for the murder charge.
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