The Minnesota woman took her own life as well and the case is being considered as a "triple murder-suicide."
Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details of suicide that may be distressing to readers.
The bodies of a Minnesota woman and her three young children were found in a Minnesota lake on Saturday. According to PEOPLE, 23-year-old tattoo artist Molly Cheng drowned her children before ending her own life. Their deaths come hours after Molly's husband died by suicide. Officers responded to a call to a trailer park involving a possible suicide and quickly made it to Rolling Hills Estates Mobile Home Park. There the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office along with officers from the Maplewood Police Department found the body of Kos Lee.
Five hours later, they "responded to a welfare check in the area of Vadnais-Sucker Lake Regional Park" in Vadnais Heights, according to a press release. "A welfare check was requested on an adult female with three small children. When deputies and officers arrived on scene, they found a vehicle and other items, which included children's shoes." "All three children referenced are believed to be under the age of five or six years old," the press release pointed out. Officials said that the medical examiner will perform autopsies on the bodies to determine the causes of death. “We’re treating this as a potential triple-homicide here at Lake Vadnais,” Ramsay County Sheriff Bob Fletcher told CBS News.
Woman Drowns 3 Children in Minnesota Lake Hours After Husband's Suicide https://t.co/Yd1GNQX96s— People (@people) July 4, 2022
A family member wonders that perhaps Molly and her children could have been rescued if there was professional intervention. Chong Lue Lee, the grandfather of Kos Lee told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, “We wish there would be 24-hour supervision for the mother and the children because of the father, because of what happened to him. In a short time, less than three hours, the police release the mother and kids, and then in that three hours, a thing happened to those children. So wouldn’t it be better for there to be 24-hour supervision after such [a] tragedy happened to their loved one?” Leaders in the community are planning on providing counselling to the victims’ families as well as Hmong families throughout the Twin Cities. According to Pioneer Press, before people begin speculating the motives behind the family suicide, Dan Reidenberg, executive director of SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education) in Bloomington, explained, “Suicide is never about one thing,” he said. “In a situation like this, if she did find out that he died by suicide, there had to have been more going on than that.”
If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)