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Deputy: WV mom shot kids, self before barn fire

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ALUM BRIDGE, W.Va. (AP) - Lewis County authorities say a woman found dead in a barn more than a month ago shot and killed her two children before committing suicide.

Sheriff's Deputy Robert Ryan tells media outlets that's the conclusion of his investigation into the deaths of 32-year-old Beth Ann Kraus and her children, 3-year-old Kiera and 5-year-old Kaden.

Doug Kraus found the bodies of his wife and children Nov. 12 in a burned-out barn near Alum Bridge after returning from a night shift at his job.

Investigators were suspicious because the barn had no utilities.

Autopsies by the state medical examiner's office later showed all three had died of gunshot wounds.

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