A child has been arrested and charged with murder after a mother and her two sons were shot dead last week.
Attorney General John M. Formella, State Police Colonel Nathan Noyes and Northfield Police Chief John Raffaelly made the announcement Thursday in connection with the triple homicide in Northfield, New Hampshire.
Formella confirmed that a minor had been arrested and charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of falsifying physical evidence in the deaths of 25-year-old Kassandra Sweeney and her two sons, Benjamin Sweeney, 4, and Mason Sweeney, 1, on August 3.
Police officers arrived at Sweeney’s home just after 11:30 a.m. last Wednesday to discover the three bodies. Authorities responded to a 911 emergency call.
Autopsies revealed that all three died from single gunshot wounds.
Neither Formella nor the police would like to add further details about the adolescent, citing the youth law, which prevents further information from being released. It is not known whether the child was known to the family or other identifying factors, including their age.
“The charges and charges against the minor are only allegations, and he will be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty,” the statement said.
Authorities had previously thanked Kassandra Sweeney’s husband and the children’s father, Sean Sweeney, for being “very cooperative and helpful with this investigation.”
“He is clearly more than devastated as a result of these crimes,” said senior assistant attorney general Geoff Ward.
Sweeney thanked supporters on Facebook on Sunday for “the help and support” and said that despite the fact that things “will never be ‘normal’ again, my body finally stopped and let me sleep at night and I woke up feeling like ‘normal’ ‘ possible.
“Thank you to everyone who has been making sure the random idiots online are well informed over the past few days and while I still can’t confirm what happened and who is responsible, I am beyond understanding for those who just know better and avoid for my name to be dragged through the mud and for the rest of the world to know that my beautiful wife was the most amazing, caring, sweetest good person anyone could ever meet and how much she loved our boys.
“Our job now is to keep their memories alive,” he wrote, writing the names of each of his deceased loved ones: Kassandra Rae Sweeney, Benjamin Michael Sweeney, Mason Lee Sweeney.
“They will be loved and missed forever and forever in my heart.”
A GoFundMe page set up by Kassandra’s cousin Alizabeth Dawson has raised nearly $50,000 as of publication.
“Our family is beyond devastated,” she wrote.