Pregnant Mom Shoots 1-Year-Old Son in the Head in Murder-Suicide at Colorado National Park


Colorado park rangers on Friday discovered the bodies of a pregnant woman and her toddler son, both of whom died in a murder-suicide.

Larimer County authorities identified the bodies of Tristen Watson, 24, and her 17-month-old son Christopher Watson on Monday, ABC affiliate KMGH reported.

Watson shot her son in the head at Rocky Mountain National Park before turning the gun on herself, according to the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

Park rangers discovered the bodies inside a car on Friday afternoon while on a search for Watson, whom had been reported as likely suicidal.

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Coroners ruled Watson’s death a suicide. Her son’s death was ruled a homicide.

In November, Watson posted a message to Facebook announcing that she was pregnant with a daughter due in June.

An online obituary indicates three lives lost in the incident, including a person named Aspen Watson.

Derrick Watson, Tristen’s husband, posted an emotional message to Facebook on Monday.

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“I have been trying to find the words, but I simply have no words for the pain that this family is going through right now. Three lives taken far to soon… if you are struggling or know someone that is, please reach out to them,” Watson, who according to his Facebook profile is a service member in the U.S. Army, wrote.

“If they are unwilling themselves, seek the help they need for them, make them get the help. It should never end like this. The burden passed onto others is far greater than any burden you may be facing,”

Cover image: Tristen Watson. (Screen grab)

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