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Mom kills infant son in murder-suicide after Facebook post

Sheri Shermeyer, son John and baby’s father (Photo Source: Facebook/Sheri Shermeyer)

Sheri Shermeyer, son John and baby’s father (Photo Source: Facebook/Sheri Shermeyer)

A Pennsylvania woman and her infant son are dead in an apparent murder-suicide after a Facebook post. Police in Shrewsbury Township found the body of Sheri Shermeyer, 40, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Also discovered was the body of her 12-month-old son John, who police say was smothered with a pillow. Police were at the home in response to a request for a welfare check on Shermeyer after a suicidal Facebook post.

Shermeyer was in an estranged relationship with the child’s father and posted the following messages on her Facebook page:

“I feel that the ONLY thing I have to live for is this little guy asleep in my arms right now, John. He is the only reason why I haven’t blown my head off right now. And even now, all I can think about is leaving this world. Putting a gun in my mouth and leaving. Which is what is going to happen.”

Later in the message she addressed her son’s father and posted “You will never see your son again. You don’t deserve to have a son, to have a legacy. Why should you have your name carried on? You are a nasty man. Sure you have a big heart and can be the most loving and caring person. But where had he gone? Where is the man that took me away from NC where I had a plan, where I was good being on my own? But as of late, you are hateful, ugly and downright mean.”

An autopsy on the mother and child is scheduled for this week as police are still investigating the incident. It is unknown at this time whether Shermeyer was suffering from the effects of post-partum depression which can appear up to six months after the birth of a child. Left untreated the depression can get worse and can have tragic consequences. Unfortunately, the holiday season is a prime time for depression and suicidal actions for many Americans. It is recommended that social media users be more concerned when a friend or relative is posting an emotional plea for help. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline accepts calls 24-hours and help is a phone call away at 1-800-273-8255.


  1. TheDOTKU on December 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    When yer baby Daddy look like Charles Manson minus the tattoo on his forehead. Did she think she was getting Manson with the big heart?

    • Mason Youngblood on December 27, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Which is more important..the way a man is born to look or the trama of having to live with his wife’s last words resulting in the loss of his son? You dwell on the a minute..and I’m sure that your inner self will tell you the answer.

  2. nosey rosy on April 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    the husband looks down right evil ,but i wonder did they have domestic violence issues at home . because a man dont have to physically hit a woman to cause her to want to die , that emotional abuse and on top that post partum is dangerous , he looks like an abuser but she could been a nut too . he needed to get help for her . an asian woman , asian women can be dangerous when decieved for sure . she may have been dragged away from her life to be with him . she should have packed that baby and just left went back home . she would have been well recieved then again some folks are astranged from family and the only family you know is your crazy man . thats when it get harder to leave , she relied to much on him emotionally to get her through life and thats a disaster . for sure