Deaths of mother, child investigated as murder-suicide

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RAPID CITY, S.D. – The deaths of a child and mother in Rapid City are being investigated as a murder-suicide.

Police said the probe is ongoing, but that based on the evidence recovered so far, authorities believe this is a case of child murder and adult suicide. The victims have been identified as 26-year-old Trisha Paxson-Dennett and her son, 4-year-old Russel Reeves. Their bodies were discovered Tuesday.

Police spokesman Brendyn Medina said authorities have ruled out the father as a suspect.

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