Mother Kills Child, Herself at Arizona Hospital

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Authorities have identified the mother and son found dead at a suburban Phoenix children's hospital.

Mesa police spokesman Steve Berry tells KPHO-TV that the bodies of 27-year-old Tammy Griffith and her 5-year-old son, Helious, were discovered inside the child's room after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police suspect Griffith killed her child and then committed suicide. No one else in the hospital was threatened or harmed.

Berry says Griffith shot herself to death, but could not describe how the child died. The boy had been hospitalized for the past week. Berry earlier declined to say why because of privacy rules.

Police say the mother has an open case with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, but she was the boy's legal guardian.