CELINA, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A woman and her estranged husband are dead after what police are calling a murder-suicide shooting that took place while children were present at the in-home daycare.
The Celina Police Department responded to a call of a murder-suicide Friday afternoon. Officers arrived at 719 South Elm Street at 1:52 p.m. and found the bodies of 33-year-old daycare provider April Vann, who lived at the residence. Police also found 34-year-old Eric Vann, who had been staying at a rural Celina home with a friend. A baby was also found in a playpen in a different section of the home, uninjured.
April Vann provided daycare services at her home. At the time of the shooting, there were seven children at the residence. Initial interviews indicate that the children did not witness the actual shooting, but did hear gunshots and realized what happened. Some neighbors say it is possible some of the children may have seen the aftermath of the killings.
Police say the children left the home immediately after the shooting and went to a neighbor's house for help. Police said the children had to leave an infant in a playpen inside the home while they sought out help nearby. The neighbor the children approached for help then called police.
One of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was the son of the deceased couple. The couple had three children total, but neighbors say the other two were at school during the shootings.
The Vann couple were separated and there was an active court order preventing Eric Vann from coming near April Vann or the home, but, according to neighbors, the protection order did not do any good. Eric Vann would still be seen in the area even with the order in place.
"Everybody was pretty well shook up because this is something that doesn't happen in Celina," said neighbor Bob Cook.
Neighbors rushed to help care for the children after the incident and before parents could arrive on the scene.
"I [saw] these little children going to the neighbor's house, and I knew something was wrong," said Mary Clapp who lives close to Vann's home.
The Celina Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. Our own Michael Konopasek will bring you the latest details tonight on INC News at 6 p.m. on NBC 33 and INC News Weekend at 7 p.m. on ABC 21.
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