According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a Florida woman is accused of shooting and killing her two children. She then killed herself in a murder-suicide.
Brandy Hutchins, a mother of ten-year-old Aiden and a 19-year old daughter, is accused by police of shooting them before turning the weapon on herself in the mobile home where the family lived in Lake Wales.
The incident occurred after a Maine-based judge ordered her hand Aiden over to his father. Hutchins daughter was raised by a different man and wasn’t involved in the custody dispute.
Hutchins’ ex-husband appeared in Florida with her to appear in court because she had not properly handed over custody of their child. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd stated that she had been instructed to turn over custody by Friday at 6 p.m. but did not show up.
Hutchins had violated the court’s order, and the sheriff’s department learned of this. Deputies spent the entire weekend searching for the boy.
When deputies found the body of the boy and his mother, they also discovered the half-sister.
Judd stated that the investigation by the sheriff’s department indicates Hutchins has “murdered her 10-year old child and her child of 19 years — murdered them, and then she shot herself afterwards.”
Judd said, “I cannot imagine a worse set of circumstances.”
Hutchins, according to the sheriff, had no criminal record and showed no signs of violence.
The father of the boy addressed his son’s passing on Facebook Sunday:
He wrote: “It’s with a heavy-hearted heart that I write this to update everyone about my son Aiden Hutchins, who was taken away by his mother in August 2023 and who then decided to murder him.” He was murdered by his mother today, August 27th 2023. “He will always be in my heart, and did not deserve to die.”
Judd stated that the Sheriff’s Office receives many court orders, but seldom sees an event like this. He offered his condolences as well to the family.
Judd said, “My heart breaks for the entire family.” “We are devastated for this beautiful 10 year-old child – all because the mother refused to hand the child over to its rightful father in accordance with a court order.”