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Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016
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Deputies: Ocala woman who shot infant son dies

OCALA Authorities say a 20-year-old woman who shot her infant son before turning the gun on herself has died. Marion County Sheriff's officials said Melanie Reyes was taken off life support Tuesday. Last week, a relative of Reyes' saw a Facebook posting from Reyes concerning a suicide. The relative called authorities, and deputies went to the home of the Reyes' parents Friday and found her and the baby in a back bedroom. No one else was home.
Six-month-old Jonah Mendoza died from his wounds. The boy's father Jordan Mendoza said there were signs Reyes was struggling with mental illness. The Ocala Star-Banner reports he had contacted state agencies and local law enforcement before the shootings. He was also trying to establish his parental rights through the courts.