Sarah Hunt, left, is accused of shooting her 17 year-old son Garrett, right, dead in their car as she took him to his first day at a new school (Pictures: McLennan County Jail/Facebook)
A teacher shot her son multiple times in their car and killed him – then claimed she did not mean to do so, according to police. Sarah Hunt, 39, allegedly murdered her son Garrett on Monday – the same day he was due to start at his new school in Waco, Texas.
Afterwards, Hunt, a fifth grade Montessori teacher, is said to have staggered out of her car and told two bypassers ‘What have I done? This is not real.’ During subsequent questioning, Hunt allegedly replied: ‘I didn’t mean to.’ She is also accused of telling people that Garrett had joined his grandmother in heaven.
Police were called to the scene, and found the teenager dead in Hunt’s Hyundai van, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds. Detectives also spotted a .40-caliber pistol on the floor under the driver’s seat, as well as a magazine and cartridges.
Hunt picked Garrett up from a camper van where he had been staying with his dad, and had been due to drop him off at school when she murdered him, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.
No motive for Garrett’s killing has been given, with McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara branding his death ‘a very sad, tragic situation.’
The Tipsy Lion Bar in West, Texas, where Garrett previously worked paid tribute to the teen as ‘A well rounded young man….Very respectful and a hard worker.’
Their Facebook page added: ‘Those that knew him are very saddened at his sudden loss.’
Hunt had been teaching online lessons after her school – Lake Air Montessori – had shuttered its building due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
She and her family had recently moved to the area, and were in the process of setting up home when the murder took place.
She did not log onto her virtual classroom on the morning of the shooting, and is now due to be dismissed from her job.
Hunt is being held at McLennan County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond ahead of her next court appearance.
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