CRESTLINE (AP) — The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department says a woman shot to death her 9-year-old grandson and then turned the gun on herself.

A sheriff’s statement says James Snyder found his 50-year-old wife, Denise, and the boy dead in their rural Crestline home at about 5:30 p.m. Monday.

The Snyders had custody of the boy since his birth.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive for the shootings.

Crestline is in the San Bernardino National Forest about 65 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

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Comments (11)
  1. AJ Morgan says:

    Rest in peace little one.

  2. Mike says:

    You’re a heartless ass…get a life.

  3. imagana says:

    wow! no kid should die and in the hands of who they thought loved them. My heart and prayers are with him and his family.

  4. Orly says:

    I gather this was not a normal family,,,just don’t understand why to take a 9 yrs olds life. This happens all over the world not just in this town or city of Crestline. People are sick, need help. Rest in peace little one. Why couldn’t she take her own life and leave her grandchild to live it’s life? It’s sad and nothing any one of us could do. What a world we live in.

  5. Peace says:

    While we feel saddened by the death of the child, what is sadder is that the Grandmother must have been overwhelmed by terrible sufferings and lack of hope that things could get better for them all.
    People around them could not see the seriousness of the ultrastressing situation or they did not know what to do.
    A lack of Love is at the base of all dispair.
    Let’s pray for Grandmother and child AND those left behind.
    God is merciful.
    Let’s look around and try to see who need Love, a kind word, some help…

  6. pathetic says:

    I once saw a woman throw her two little boys off the Los Angeles Street overpass over the 101 freeway. She wanted to die but didn’t want her kids to be uncared for. She lived. They didn’t. So sad.

  7. Mars220 says:

    White folks are CRAZY! RIP little one. I hope your granny rotts in hell.

    1. pathetic says:

      Um. I didn’t want to say, but the gal who threw her two kids off the overpass was Asian. I thought that was irrelevant until you brought it up.

  8. john says:

    wow thats shoking what was she thinking man.thats sad for the little one didn’t get to make it she shoild go to hell for that i mean i life in palmdale and all this is happing i work for av3 and every day people want to comit suicide or they do it and it reaLLY BUGS ME BECAUSE ITS SAD AND I FEEL BAD FOR THE FAMILY.MY E MAIL IS JOHN.MESA@YMAIL.COM FOR COMMENT.THANK YOU

  9. Lloyd says:

    I live in Crestline and couldn’t believe it when I heard about this. Anybody know what her motive was? Usually they have some reason to commit such an atrocious act. Like the grandmother who drowned her grandson in Florida because she didn’t want him to grow up in a divorced household. Wow. People think suicide will end their problems, but to those who belive in Hell, her problems are just beginning. At least the little boy is in a better place now with Jesus Christ.

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