Mom killed children, then self in murder-suicide

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AUSTIN, IN (CNN) - Police found a mother and her three children dead Friday, and evidence points to the mother as the shooter.

An officer from the Indiana Police Department forced his way into the victim's home to check on the welfare of the residents. When he entered, he found the home had been burned.

The officer also found Amanda Bennet, 30, and her three children dead in the house. A neighbor reported there were domestic issues within the home.

"This past Sunday night, we came home from church and there were car loads of cops here," said Karen Barrett, Bennet's neighbor. "The husband and wife had a scuffle, and the daughter went to school and said her parents were getting a divorce."

According to preliminary results of the autopsy, Bennet died from a gunshot wound to the head and smoke inhalation. Jasmine Abbot, 14, Katelyn Bennet, 9, and 4-year-old Ryan Bennet died of gunshot wounds to the head and also from smoke inhalation.

"Right now we are focusing our investigation on events and people inside the home," said Sgt. Jerry Goodin. "We have no reason to believe at this time that the public at large should be scared for their safety for any reason."

Indiana State Police are also aware of an internet posting under a forum that reads, "Gone Forever," that may have been written by Bennet. The posting reads, "Time to take the pain away. This is what you wanted no wife and no kids."

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