04 Jan

Melanie ReyesCNN reported a tragedy today.  According to police authorities Florida mom, 20-year-old Melanie Reyes, shot her 6-month-old baby boy before shooting herself.  It was an apparent murder suicide attempt…with a horrible outcome.  She survived but her baby died.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, family members saw her Facebook post indicating she was going to shoot her child and herself.  They then called police who found her and the infant at her home…and a horrific scene.

The mom is now listed in critical condition at an area hospital.  She obviously had anger issues, because she was recently arrested for attacking her boyfriend with a bat.  Her court date was scheduled for later this month.

It is especially sad to hear of an innocent child dying at the hands of their mother.  Will this tragedy finally get the attention of politicians regarding stricter gun control?  How many times have guns been in the hands of the wrong person…and the NRA still pushes for their right to bear arms?

Another unnecessary loss of an innocent life and of course a gun was involved.  Sure let’s keep sweeping this topic under the rug and making excuses.  This really makes me sick to my stomach.

UPDATE: With all the very emotional posts, it will be interesting to hear all sides of the story.  The photo’s of Melanie with her baby do show another side…it looks like she did love her baby but it still has many baffled. 



Posted by on January 4, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS


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  1. Kathie B

    January 5, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    First of all I am not a gun owner nor do I desire to become one. It makes me sick to think that anyone would do this to a baby. Somehow it makes it even more sickening when a mother can do this to her own helpless baby. Do I blame guns or gun control or the NRA? Absolutely not!

    The cold hard truth is that if this heartless young lady did not have access to a gun she very well could have used a knife and stabbed her precious baby boy to death. She could have poisoned him or suffocated him. In those cases do we hear anyone say that steak knives should not be owned by law abiding citizens? Are there ever any calls to control who has pillows, blankets or even anyone asking why the Raid was available over the counter on a shelf for anyone to get their hands on.

    I don’t think that every individual should have a gun but I don’t see why law abiding citizens should be punished because of the actions of a whack job whose mental health issues should have been better controlled. If you really think about it there had to be signs of her instability at some point in her 20 years on this earth. Maybe if that had been addressed she never would have had this child in order to kill him.

    We as as society need to stop blaming the instruments that are used for the actions of people. Do we blame the alcohol industry or the auto industry for drunk drivers? Do we blame the food industry or the video game industry for people being fat and lazy? Is it the lighter industry that is to blame for arson?

    Seriously, for a while there smoking cigarettes was the cause of everything and this was because they were trying to control it. Now all we hear about is the negatives on guns because someone is trying to control it. Where are the stories of people saved because a gun owner protected them? We won’t hear about those stories because they don’t fit the agenda.

    Bottom line is that this 20 year old is a psychotic lunatic who should have been locked up years ago to prevent her from injuring herself or others. Do I have sympathy for her or those who know her, not really. They saw the signs and they chose not to act. My prayers are with that precious baby boy who had to endure 6 months with a monster for a mother. May that sweet little angel Rest in Peace in the arms of Jesus.

    • brittaj

      January 6, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Kathie, thanks for your feedback. Some points are very well taken…people shoot guns and need to take responsibility. Also good abiding citizens are having to sacrifice for the few lunatics who cause such chaos. However, if you get a moment look for the TV special on gun control (I believe it was on the History Channel). It shows how easy it is to purchase a gun at a gun show. No background check and buy as many as you like. This is a problem. Another comparable is; while I would never bring a gun or bomb to a airport and am a law abiding citizen, I have to sacrifice my rights by being screened before flying. It is no different. Yes this crazy woman could have used other means to kill her baby…but the fact that she used a gun so easily purchased is my problem. Had she needed to do it in a more time staking way, maybe she would have reconsidered? Not sure, but this is not the only instance that guns have harmed innocent victims. We clearly have a huge crisis with too many irresponsible gun owners on the street.

      • Kathie B

        January 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Hi Britta, I will definitely take a look for that special on gun control. I do agree that there needs to be a better screening system for those who wish to purchase guns. I also think there should be a nationwide database so law enforcement knows who has guns. I don’t agree that it should be public record only because that leads to the unarmed becoming targets for criminals. It seems to me that if you are not doing anything wrong (or planning to) then a proper screening process should not be of concern to you. I also don’t think it should be a problem to have your information on file with law enforcement agencies. I do acknowledge that often it is the innocent people who become victims of gun violence and sadly many times the guns used are not properly sold or licensed.
        I guess it just bothers me a little that there are more and more instances of law abiding citizens having to give up rights because of the actions of those who are not law abiding.

  2. Vanessa P

    January 7, 2013 at 7:53 am

    To Kathie B and Brittaj,
    I am the cousin to this young lady that you called heartless, psycotic lunatic, BEFORE you judge on others how about I inform you that my little cousin was in depression, she did love her son more than anything, OUR family is beyound confused, sad, upset on why she do this to herself and her child knowing she had family that loved her very much and the baby. If you two want to talk about gun control so be it, BUT do not bash a child without knowing all the facts of this situation. This is why people shouldn’t just be allowed to blog anything! You are hurting our family by your words. I hope neither of you NEVER have to feel the pain and confusing we all are feeling right now!

    • brittaj

      January 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

      Vanessa, I am truly sorry for your loss. It is unfortunate that she apparently snapped and left your family in such a horrible situation. However, it is difficult to feel sorry for anyone who harms an innocent child. If it were my family member, while I would also feel confused, there is no way I would support their actions nor defend them. Even if they truly loved their baby, it would be difficult for me to forgive their actions. It is clear the words on blogs and the media bashing is hurtful to your family, but it is hard for strangers to understand this type of behavior. This is a forum to release our feelings and you should know, it will likely be anger more than forgiveness for this type of crime. Unfortunately, we cannot help how we feel nor hold back on our emotions, so you will have to find strength within your family when coping. It is likely you will not find support on the internet. It is sad that she probably had mental issues to go to this extreme, but harming a baby is just unacceptable.

      • Kathie B

        January 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

        Vanessa, I am also truly sorry for your loss and pain. As someone who has battled Clinical Depression and Anxiety for most of my life I can tell you first hand that it is NO EXCUSE for murdering anyone, let alone an innocent baby. As someone who watched them bury the man she loved after he was shot in the back and killed 13 years ago, I can also say that I know how it feels to lose someone due to someone using a gun to enact their crime. So, I know how it feels on both sides of the spectrum. Depression does not make you violent nor does it make you murder someone. Your cousin has anger issues, as was reported in her criminal acts towards her boyfriend. Anger is not normally a part of depression. The bottom line is that when someone just snaps or has depression they don’t stop to take the time to notify anyone of their intentions via facebook or any other means. That shows premeditation on her part, which shows that she was not mentally incapacitated enough to not think through her actions. Whether or not there is some sort of mental illness that distorted her ability to think logically is for the professionals to decide.
        As far as our opinions and whether or not they are written in a blog on the internet, that is freedom of speech. We have that right and you have the right not to read what our opinions are. Sadly for you and your family most people are not going to be supportive of anyone who takes the life of a child. That is just how society works. No matter what the situation was, the public, in general is not supportive of that type of crime. As a “mother” she had an obligation to protect her son at all costs.
        Best of luck to you and your family. Sadly the only place you will find sympathy and support is among yourselves and your friends or perhaps a support group for other families who have been in this type of situation.

      • brittaj

        January 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Katie, very well said. I agree with you 100%.

  3. JDS

    January 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    How about this. Before we start believing the bull@%@! coming from the media that she did this to her baby why don’t we actually look at the facts that we know. She was afraid of her ex and didn’t trust him around her child, she loved her son, according to the letter she sent to the court that was handling her issues with her ex she didn’t want to live in a state that would allow someone like him around her child. We haven’t been told what was written on her Facebook page and I would find it more likely that either the ex hacked her page or the live in boyfriend did it as revenge for the, I’m sure well deserved, beat down he got with a baseball bat. It’s a very easy for a woman to end up getting arrested for domestic violence even when she’s the victim. The police, especially the male ones, tend to believe the man (unless they catch him in the act of said violence). We also haven’t been informed as to where she had been shot. But wherever it may have been, the ex or the boyfriend could have easily shot her and then the baby. You can tell from the photos of her and her child that she loved him very much and would never have done anything like this. We have the media, and even the investigators of the crime scene it seems, chalking this up to a mother shooting her child but yet they have no direct evidence of this. We as a society need to get our heads out of the sand and stop believing the crap the media tries to pass of as truth.

    • brittaj

      January 8, 2013 at 11:08 am

      JDS, thanks for sharing the info! It will be interesting to see how it unfolds. Unfortunately, all we have to go by is what the media relays, but there is always more to the story.


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