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Deputy: W.Va. Mom Shot Kids, Self Before Barn Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED: 12/20/2012

ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) - Lewis County authorities say a woman found dead in a barn more than a month ago shot and killed her two children before committing suicide.

Sheriff's Deputy Robert Ryan tells media outlets that's the conclusion of his investigation into the deaths of 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus and her children, 3-year-old Kiera and 5-year-old Kaden.

Doug Kraus found the bodies of his wife and children Nov. 12 in a burned-out barn near Alum Bridge after returning from a night shift at his job.

Investigators were suspicious because the barn had no utilities.

Autopsies by the state medical examiner's office later showed all three had died of gunshot wounds.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia fire marshal's office says a woman and two children are dead after an overnight barn fire in Lewis County.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Reed Cook says the fire happened in Alum Bridge sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 a.m. Monday.

Cook wouldn't immediately identify the victims, or provide any details about their deaths.

It's unclear if they died in or before the blaze.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department said the children were both toddlers. It did not provide any further information about them or say who found the victims Monday.

The barn was behind a home off Crooked Run Road.

Deputy Robert Ryan said the bodies will be sent to the state medical examiner's office in Charleston.

The cause of the fire is also under investigation.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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