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Detectives looking into murder-suicide involving mother, 8-year-old son

Courtesy: WHNT

Courtesy: WHNT

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Authorities say they are looking into a bizarre murder-suicide involving a mother and her 8-year-old son.

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office say they are still trying to figure out a lot of the details surrounding the deaths.

Officials say 8-year-old Randle Barrow was absent from school for two days when administrators became concerned about him.

School administrators called a family friend, who previously had custody of the boy, to say that he had not been in school for two days.

The woman went to the child’s home, where she learned that he was missing.

The Huntsville Police Department responded to the Barrow home and noticed smoke pouring from the house.

After putting out the fire, firefighters discovered the body of Delicia Barrow, Randle’s mother.

Investigators say it appears that she committed suicide and left a note, leading authorities to the boy’s body.

According to WHNT, deputies found Randle’s body a few hours later along the shore of the Tennessee River.

Detectives say it appears that Barrow drove her son to Marshall County and drowned him in the river before returning home and committing suicide.

For several weeks, Randle was in the custody of a family friend because of Barrow’s health issues.

Just recently, Barrow asked for him back.

Randle, who was diagnosed with a moderate form of autism, was always described as a happy and loving little boy.

Now, officials are awaiting the full autopsy reports to determine an exact cause of death.