A Missouri woman went to a police station Tuesday and told officers that she fatally shot one of her children and drowned the other, authorities said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Dave Marshak said at a news conference that authorities believe both children were killed Tuesday morning.

A nine-year-old girl was found dead inside the mother's car, which was parked outside the Festus police station, where the mother turned herself in. Marshak said the other child had been drowned elsewhere. A two-year-old boy was found dead in a fountain outside a resort near Festus, a suburb of St. Louis.

Marshak said officers searched for a third child who has been found safe.
The mother, Ashley Parmeley from Pevely, was arrested and the deaths are being investigated as homicides. Authorities have not disclosed a possible motive.

“Parmeley is charged with one count of Murder - 2nd Degree related to the death of her two-year-old son. The investigation into the death of Parmeley's nine-year-old daughter continues, and investigators intend to apply for further charges.

“We'd like to thank the City of Festus Police Department, Joachim Plattin Emergency Medical Service, Jefferson County 9-1-1 Dispatch Official, the Jefferson County Prosecutor's Office, the St. Francois County Sheriff's Department, and the St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for their cooperation with this investigation.

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“We also extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and all the first responders who were touched by this tragedy,” the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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