Docs: Mental illness history in mom, baby death

Linda and Ashlyn Hubbard. (Undated courtesy photos)

EAST LEROY, Mich. (WOOD) — The parents of a Calhoun County woman who was found dead along with her baby daughter had been worried she may harm herself or others, documents show.

Linda Hubbard and her daughter Ashlyn were found dead in their home in East Leroy, south of Battle Creek, early Saturday.

“She was the best mom you ever wanted to see,” Linda Hubbard’s father Robert Hubbard told 24 Hour News 8 Sunday. “She loved that baby.”

Hubbard was the person who discovered his 32-year-old daughter and 5-month-old granddaughter dead in bed when he went upstairs to feed the baby.

“We really don’t know what happened at this time,” he said.

A family member told 24 Hour News 8 that a preliminary investigation indicates the possibility that it may have been a murder-suicide.

In an application for hospitalization from 2008, obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Robert Hubbard wrote that his daughter repeatedly tried to harm herself, cutting her arms and even going as far as getting into car crashes.

Most recently, he wrote in 2008, she was huffing from aerosol cans to stop breathing and talking about dying.

He wrote his daughter “appears to be a normal young lady, but anything can cause a quick personality change.”

The doctor who examined her recommended that Linda Hubbard be hospitalized for up to 90 days.

She was previously hospitalized for mental problems, but it’s unclear if she was admitted after the 2008 report, or what, if any, other help she received.

“We miss her dearly and we’re just trying to get through, through this,” Hubbard told 24 Hour News. 8. “That’s all we’re trying to do, is just get through it. It’s really hard.”

Visitation for friends is scheduled for between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, located at 105 Capital Avenue NE in Battle Creek, according to Linda and Ashlyn Hubbard’s obituary. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the North Avenue Church of God, located at 1079 North Avenue in Battle Creek. After a funeral luncheon, interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the North Avenue Church of God.

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