Valerie Peck was found with two gunshot wounds. She is charged with aggravated murder and child abuse.
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A mother is often seen as a child's protector but some instances make you think otherwise. One mother from Utah shot her innocent son and later tried to take her own life.
According to People, Valerie Peck is accused of killing her 2-year-old son Zack. The woman then shot herself but survived. The police affidavit stated that the mother drove to a nearby canyon to "freeze to death" after realizing she had survived the gunshot.
Utah Mom Fatally Shoots 2-Year-Old Son, Then Turns Gun on Herself But Survives: Police https://t.co/07b64ll40O— People (@people) December 18, 2020
The incident came to light after dispatchers received a 911 call stating that a woman had shot her son and then attempted suicide. The Uintah County Sheriff's Office did not mention if it was the mother or someone else who informed them about the shooting, according to Deseret News.
On getting the tip, the officials found the mother and the baby on Glenn Bench Road off state Route 45. The mother was found with two gunshot wounds to her “upper extremities." She admitted to driving around with the dead child for “several hours."
Soon after, the officials transferred the mother to the nearby hospital. On interviewing her, Peck said she had taken a 22-caliber rifle from her house and went on a drive with her little son. The mother drove to Dry Fork Canyon onto Red Cloud Loop Road and pulled into a camping site. After spending half an hour at the site, Peck placed the child in the back seat and shot him.
“Valerie then used the .22 rifle and shot herself two times. Valerie told me she was trying to kill herself. When this didn’t work, she drove around Uintah County and then decided to go to Fantasy Canyon. When I asked what she was going to do at Fantasy Canyon, she told me she didn’t know, maybe freeze to death,” said the affidavit.
After treating for injuries, the woman was booked into the county jail. The 40-year-old was then charged with aggravated murder and child abuse. The investigators have requested to hold the woman without bail, stating she has a husband and another son living in the Vernal area.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff's office stated, "The sheriff’s office extends its most sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Zack."
Previously, Peck had been charged with trespassing at the Ashley Regional Medical Center in Vernal. At the time, her husband had informed that she was dealing with mental health issues.