Infant shot, man and woman dead in apparent Cumberland County murder-suicide

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Thursday, July 7, 2016
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A baby is recovering after being shot in the chest.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Cumberland County deputies have released the names of a man and woman found shot to death Wednesday in an apparent murder-suicide. The woman's infant son was also shot.

Deputies said they arrived to a home in the 3400 block of Cumberland Road within 5 minutes of getting a 911 call from the woman's frightened 8-year old child saying his mother had been shot.

When first-responders arrived, they found the baby boy -- just 2 or 3-months-old according to neighbors -- shot in the chest and critically injured.

It happened in the 3400 block of Cumberland Road. Besides the infant, deputies quickly discovered 32-year-old Jessica Ann Parker - who had been shot to death. They then found her boyfriend 35-year-old Sherrell McNeill dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sherrell McNeill
image courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Jessica Parker
image courtesy family

The critically injured infant was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center.

The infant boy, named King, survived emergency surgery Wednesday night. A family member told ABC11 that the infant was in stable condition Thursday morning and is expected to make a full recovery.

Two other children, ages 8 and 9, are in the care of the Department of Social Services until other arrangements can be made.

Law officers work the scene where an apparent murder-suicide took place Wednesday on Cumberland Road.

Deputies said McNeill and Parker had been arguing prior to the shooting.

Investigators said the older children were fathered by McNeill. King was fathered by another man.

"For children to see their mother murdered in their presence and then for a baby to suffer a gunshot wound to the chest ... just horrific," said Ronnie Mitchell, of the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities are still investigating.

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