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Mother kills son then takes her own life at children's hospital

No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

Image: KPHO

A MOTHER OF a patient at a suburban Phoenix children’s hospital took her son’s life before taking her own, police said.

Nurses at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa found the woman and her 5-year-old child dead inside the child’s room while conducting a 2am bed check last night, Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry said.

“Every two hours they do a check,” Berry said. “They were seen alive and fine at midnight and then found at 2am”

The mother had a fatal gunshot wound, Berry said. He could not describe how the child died.

Upon finding the pair, the nurses immediately called for trauma units as well as security. An off-duty police officer was already working at the hospital, according to authorities.

Investigators believe the mother killed the child and then herself. Nobody at the hospital recalls hearing any gunshots or suspicious activity, Berry said. The boy was in a private room.

Berry told KPHO-TV that the woman was 27-year-old Tammy Griffith, and the 5-year-old’s name was Helious.

Police have completed their investigation of the scene and the room has been turned back over to the hospital. No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

According to police, the boy had been hospitalized for the past week. Berry declined to say why the boy was hospitalised, citing privacy rules.

The mother currently had an open case with the Arizona Department of Child Safety but she was the boy’s legal guardian, Berry said.

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