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Horror: Mom drowns 2-year-old son in fountain, then shoots dead 9-year-old daughter in car outside police station, then makes shocking confession to cops

  • Authorities believe both children died Tuesday morning
  • The officers were looking for the third child, who turned out to be safe
  • The mother has so far been charged with only one murder



On Tuesday morning, a 36-year-old woman walked into a Missouri police station to tell officers that she had shot her 9-year-old daughter, leaving her in a car outside, and had previously drowned her 2-year-old son. that day, authorities say.

Ashley Parmeley, 36, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son Isaac, and investigators are preparing charges in connection with the death of her daughter Scarlett. The car was seen outside the station around 10:30 a.m. local time.

Shortly after Parmeley’s confession, police began frantically searching for her son. The search ended tragically when he was found dead in a fountain near Timber Creek Resort on the outskirts of St. Louis, 13 miles from the station.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said deputies were searching for the third child, who was found safe. “This will impact so many people in our community,” Marshak told the media. The services did not provide a motive for this macabre crime.

Marshak said investigators until now thought the daughter was shot in a residential suburb before drowning. The police station is located in Festus, south of St. Louis.

Ashley Parmeley, 36, shown here, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of her son, and investigators are preparing charges in connection with her daughter’s death
Prosecutors are preparing charges against Parmeley in connection with the death of her daughter Scarlet and her son Isaac, shown here

The sheriff described Parmeley as having “strong ties” to the local community and said he did not believe she had ever been in trouble with the law.

When she arrived at the police station, Parmeley’s clothes were described as “wet” and “disheveled.”

Timber Creek Resort is owned by Holiday Inn and offers kayaking, golfing and hiking, according to its website. According to The St. newspaper Louis Post-Dispatch, the facility was closed Tuesday as the investigation continues.

Photos published by the Associated Press showed police Tuesday searching a silver Mazda with a Missouri license plate. Among the items recovered from the car was a bloody beach towel, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Officials are scheduled to provide an update on the matter Wednesday morning.

Parmeley’s daughter was named Scarlett in a press release from Festus Elementary School. The release said she had just completed third grade.

“Scarlet’s teachers and administrators say she was an energetic, energetic and trustworthy student. They say she was caring and compassionate, eager to please and had a good sense of humor,” the statement read.

“She could make friends with anyone and couldn’t wait to move on to fourth grade when classes resumed in August. ‘

When she arrived at the police station, Parmeley’s clothes were described as “wet” and “disheveled.”
Law enforcement officials are investigating after a vehicle was driven into Festus City Hall and the Festus Police Department on Tuesday morning, May 28, 2024, in Festus, Missouri, by a woman who allegedly told officers she had killed her two children
Law enforcement officers are investigating after a vehicle crashed into Festus City Hall and Police Station on Tuesday morning
Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak speaks during a news conference at Festus City Hall, Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in Festus