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Mom's letters gave no warning of her plan to kill kids, herself


CINCINNATI — Letters to family members sent by a woman a week before she shot two of her four children through the heart and then killed herself gave no indication that she was contemplating suicide or murder, authorities said.

Mary Ann Wittich’s letters were “about a caring, loving family,” said Delhi Township Police Lt. Ric Ideker. The letters were not about harming herself or her children, he said. 

The bodies of Wittich, 44, her 7-year-old daughter, Sydney, and 10-year-old son, Jacob, were found in their suburban Delhi Township home late Tuesday afternoon by an older daughter who did not live in the home.

Wittich had placed an “X” on the girl’s chest with a marker to make sure she hit the heart, authorities said. The son also was shot in the heart, before Wittich then shot herself in the heart.

Ideker said Friday that two notes written on a computer and printed out were found inside the home. He classified them as suicide notes, but would not reveal the contents.

Wittich had made comments about being depressed during divorce proceedings, Ideker said. The divorce between Wittich and her husband, John Scott Wittich, became final June 7.

But Ideker declined to speculate about how or when her thoughts turned violent. The investigation has not yielded any warning signs, he said.

“She had just returned from a vacation with a friend,” Ideker said. “She had just graduated from nursing school. She was about to go into a new career.”

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