Pictured: Mother who pushed both her children off parking garage roof then leaped to her death in double murder-suicide after ‘argument with her husband’
- Erin Pascal killed her four-year-old daughter Allison and baby son Andrew
- She then jumped to her death from the same parking garage she threw them from
- Police say her husband had called them, saying she was suicidal and that there had been an argument
- Their bodies were found on the sidewalk; baby shoes and clothes were also at the scene
Erin Pascal, 40, was named on Thursday as the woman whose body was found on the sidewalk next to those of her two young children
A woman who pushed her two young children from the top of a parking garage and then killed herself in a double murder suicide has been identified.
Erin Pascal, 40, was named on Thursday as the woman whose body was found on the sidewalk next to those of her two young children; four-year-old daughter Allison and 16-month-old Andrew.
Police believe she threw the kids off then jumped herself.
Their vehicle was found on the roof the parking garage in Boston on Christmas Day, with the doors flung open.
‘Today is an extremely sad day as we begin to put together the pieces of a tragedy that took place yesterday, on Christmas,’ Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said on Thursday.
WCVB reports that the woman’s husband called police to say that there had been an argument and that she was suicidal.
The family’s car was found with the doors flung open on the roof of the parking garage
Police found adult and children’s clothes at the scene next to where their bodies were found
It is unclear if anything specifically drove Pascal to kill herself and her children, but Rollins said their deaths highlight the ‘invisible struggles’ that many face when dealing with depression or mental health issues.
‘For a parent to come to a place in which they harm their children in this way indicates that their mental health struggles were severe and in need of immediate support. Mental health issues are not specific to one type of individual.
The garage where she jumped from on Christmas Day after pushing her children
‘This Christmas Day tragedy demonstrates the urgency of addressing mental health, suicide and homicide.
‘We have to do more to address these significant public health issues that impact all of us and Suffolk County.
‘Most importantly, I want to extend my sincere condolences to this family,’ Rollins said.
Police found baby’s shoes and a pair of sunglasses near the abandoned car.
There have been no suicide notes found and no known complaints about the mother, Rollins said.
The prosecutor described the scene as ‘awful’ and especially heartrending because it happened on Christmas.
‘There were children’s shoes and an adult shoe. Just belongings from the children and the mother strewn upon the street.
‘The impact of the fall was visible from the street,’ Rollins said.
The parking garage is the same one where a college student leaped to his death in October in a suicide his girlfriend is now being charged for.
Additional security has been put on at the scene.