EAST LEROY, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police are investigating the suspicious deaths of a mother and her infant child at their home south of Battle Creek.
They were identified as mother Linda Hubbard, 32, and 5-month-old daughter Ashlyn Hubbard, Linda’s grandfather Robert Hubbard told 24 Hour News 8 in a Sunday phone interview.
The two were found “dead in bed” at their home in the 7300 block of 6 Mile in East Leroy early Saturday, Hubbard said. He said he was notified of the deaths by his son (Linda’s father) around 5 a.m.
“We have no idea what’s happened; only that they both died during the night,” Hubbard said.
He said Linda and Ashlyn lived with Linda’s father.
“When he went up to feed the baby, he went to get the baby out of bed — it was cold. He checked Linda and she was cold, too,” Hubbard said. “He just said that they were just cold.”
That’s when Linda’s father called police, Hubbard said.
“He just loved that baby so much, he just sobbed terribly,” he said.
Court records show Linda Hubbard had a history of mental illness and alleged suicide attempts. A family member told 24 Hour News 8 the preliminary investigation indicates the possibility that the deaths could be the result of a murder-suicide.
“Linda was a very loving mother, and she loved that baby. That baby was her whole life,” Linda’s father, also named Robert Hubbard, said.
Authorities have not yet released a cause of death. Autopsy results and toxicology tests are expected to provide a clearer picture of what happened, but it is expected to be several weeks before those come back.
MSP says several detectives are working on the case and should be releasing more information soon.
“This is really a tragedy for our home and for our family,” Hubbard Sr. said. “This is a shock to our family; very shocking and unbelievable.”