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August 04, 2009
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N.J. corrections officer kills 4-month-old son, self

Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. — Police say a northern New Jersey corrections officer shot and wounded her boyfriend, then killed her 4-month-old son and committed suicide inside his apartment.

Newark police say 39-year-old Kelly McKenith and her infant son, Kaire McKenith, were pronounced dead Monday at University Hospital.

An Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokesman says McKenith's boyfriend, 28-year-old Lewis Goosby, was shot three times and is in critical condition.

Police say Goosby escaped through a window after being wounded shortly before 4 p.m., and McKenith barricaded herself inside the apartment when officers arrived. Police entered after hearing gunshots.

Police say they believe McKenith's service weapon was used in the shootings.

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McKenith had worked for the Essex County corrections office since 2005.

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