Reports Provide Details Of Teen Murder-Suicide

BATTLE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Newly-released sheriff’s reports provide details of the night a teenager shot the mother of his baby and then took his own life in Battle Lake.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department released 53 pages of investigative reports in response to an open records request by The Forum.

The reports say the mother of 17-year-old Dylan Cox was trying to ease tensions between her son and 16-year-old Tabitha Belmonte the night of the shooting March 21. The two teens and their 7-month-old baby lived with Cox’s parents.

The investigative reports say the teens argued about breaking up and whether they should go to prom before Cox repeatedly apologized to his mother, armed himself with two pistols given to him by his grandfather, then fatally shot Belmonte before killing himself.

The Forum says both sets of the baby’s grandparents are vying for custody of the girl.

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