A father and three children, all under the age of seven, were found dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
The horrific scene was first discovered by a woman walking her dogs around early in the morning as she made her way through a neighborhood in Oklahoma City, the largest city in the state of Oklahoma. The jogger found the four dead bodies in a car, including a man and his three young children.
Oklahoma City Police were first notified that something might be wrong a few hours earlier, around 4:30 a.m., when a request for a welfare check regarding the same family was called in. According to the call, the father had made several threatening statements before leaving home with the three children. Police said the suspect had left the family’s home with three of his children and started live streaming on social media, threatening to harm them.
They did not say if he had live-streamed the murder or his suicide.
A relative saw the stream and called the police at 4:14 a.m. Saturday. Officers responded and worked to find the children and get them home safely.
“Dad had left the house with his three small children, made threatening statements, so we were in the area for several hours looking for him and the children,” Oklahoma City Police Capt. Michelle Henderson told the local news station, KWTV.
Unfortunately, police were too late, and the dead bodies of the man and his children were ultimately found only half a mile from the house they had left earlier.
The Oklahoma City Police Department identified the children as 3-year-old Trinity Littlejohn, 4-year-old Aliyah Littlejohn, and 6-year-old Kyren Littlejohn. They also identified the suspect as Francoise Littlejohn, 29.
Police are still conducting an investigation into the incident, and for the time being, it is unclear what the father’s motives were or why he chose to drive before killing his children and then himself.
The identities of the father and his children have not been disclosed to the public at this time. Police confirmed on Saturday that the mother of the children had been notified.
“This is a tragic situation; a lot of emotions are involved,” Henderson added. “So, we want to always be cognizant and sympathetic to that and make sure nobody finds out on the TV or the social media before we have a chance to speak to someone.”
This is a developing story.