Tucson mother charged with shooting, killing her two young children
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Reporter: Valerie Cavazos
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -- A Tucson mother is charged with shooting and killing her two young children, and KGUN9 has confirmed that a detective wrote an interim complaint that the mother admitted to shooting her children on that night.
According to Pima County Justice Court records attained by KGUN9, the detective who wrote the complaint says Perla Morales, 25, cut her wrists during the incident and that she said her boyfriend threatened to leave her.
Close family and friends grieve for the loss of 17-month-old Richard Rosovich, Jr. and 4-year-old Emma Rosovich.
"Right now the family is going through a very hard tragedy time," said Lupe Wilson, who spoke on behalf of Morales' family. She told KGUN9 that the family has very little to say at this time. "It was a very shocking thing. They don't even have answers right now. They are still questioning it. It just a very hard thing to go through."
Police say the shooting happened in the 900 block of West Calle Colado. After receiving a 911 call shortly after 7pm on Saturday, police rushed to the scene. Detectives say initial indications are the mother was alone with both children when she picked up a handgun and shot them.
Police said the mother suffered self-inflicted wounds, but her injuries were not life threatening.
KGUN9 wanted to know if any nearby neighbors knew the mother and children, but as we found out after knocking on several doors and speaking with a few neighbors, it's not a close-knit neighborhood. One neighbor across the street said she knew the mother and children lived there, but did not know them.
Police won't say what the mother's motive was for killing her two children and they say no one else is considered a suspect.
While Morales sits in Pima County Jail on 2 counts of first degree murder, her family is trying to cope with this tragedy. "We honestly just need prayers. All the prayers would be a big help. Keep them in your hearts and prayers," said Wilson.
KGUN9 tried contacting Morales to get her side of the story, but she's refusing any interviews with the media at this time.