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Kenosha man believed to have killed wife, self with child in home

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KENOSHA, Wis. - A man and his wife, married June 9, were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in their home, where their 3-year-old child spent hours before authorities discovered the deaths, police said Thursday.

Relatives called police about 8 p.m. Wednesday, after becoming concerned that the husband and wife didn't show up at work at the Kenosha County-owned Brookside Care Center and had missed appointments.

The 3-year-old boy let a relative in the home. Police wouldn't specify where the bodies were found or whether the boy knew of the deaths.

"Once the child woke up, he was in the home alone all day," police Lt. Ron Bartholomew said.

The child was being cared for by family members.

Bartholomew said Thomas Lovell, Jr., 35, had strangled his wife, Jennifer Lovell, 24, early Wednesday and then hanged himself.

By the time police arrived, "it was apparent the bodies had been there for quite some time," Bartholomew said.

The Kenosha County medical examiner performed autopsies Thursday afternoon, but results were not immediately available.

Thomas Lovell, Jr. left a note that indicated responsibility and gave reasons for the deaths, Bartholomew said. He declined to release the information with the investigation still going on.

Bob Riedl, Kenosha County personnel director, said Thomas Lovell, Jr. was a food service employee who began working for Brookside in April 1996.

His wife was a certified nursing assistant and started with the nursing home in November 2001.

Property records indicated Thomas Lovell, Jr. bought their home new in July 2006.

Neighbors said they weren't aware of any problems.

"I never would have known anything was wrong," next-door neighbor Shanise West said.

Andrea Lindsley, who lives across the street, said she talked to Jennifer Lovell for the first time about a week ago when she saw her get stung by a bee while mowing the lawn.

Lindsley said she invited the neighbor on her front porch, and the two had planned to get together for a social engagement.

"She seemed really nice and he seemed really normal," Lindsley said.

She said Jennifer Lovell told her that her husband was the only father in the life of her 3-year-old son, who was Thomas Lovell Jr.'s stepson.

"It's just horrible," Lindsley said. "I just never would have gotten an indication that something was going on."


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