Police ID mother in murder-suicide that also claimed life of 5-year-old girl

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Police say Melissa Partee, 38, was suffering from depression and anxiety, and was in fear of losing custody of her 5-year-old daughter when she killed the child and then herself.

According to police and news reports, evidence suggests Partee sedated her daughter with pills mixed into a drink before strangling her. Then, Partee shot herself in the head with a revolver.

Police are waiting on toxicology reports on both, who may have been dead inside their North Second Street residence in Brighton for five days.

On Monday, June 4, 2019, Brighton police received a call from a man requesting a welfare check of Partee and their 5-year-old daughter after she did not show up for a custody exchange. Officers arrived at the woman’s residence in the 700 block of North Second Street at about noon that day, according to WHMI.com, but were unable to make contact with Partee despite her car being in the driveway. After making entry with the assistance of the landlord, police found Partee and her daughter deceased.

A source told WDIV Click on Detroit that police believe they may have been dead for a few days.

Police continue to investigate.

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