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Probe into shootings of mother, children continues; community responds

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 MONTFORT (WKOW) -- As investigators continue to piece together the events leading up to the fatal shooting of a six year old boy in Montfort, and the wounding of his eight year old brother, and mother, the community is reaching out to do whatever it can to ease the family's pain.

"This is the important part," Montfort-Cobb United Methodist Church pastor Peter Berg tells 27 News.  "I had people contact me saying, 'What can we do? How can we help? What can we do for this family?' " Berg says.

Berg says a vigil is planned Sunday for 1 p.m. at the home on East Main Street, across the street from Berg's church.  Berg says other help for the family is also being organized.

Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman has identified the fatal victim as Jaxon Slaight.  Dreckman says Joseph Slaight and the boys' mother, Morgan Slaight, are hospitalized and being treated for their wounds.  Dreckman says all three shooting victims were shot in the head.

Dreckman says a homicide investigation is taking place, but says an attempted murder-suicide is a possibility here.  Dreckman says Slaight and her children lived here with Slaight's sister.  "They have not been here very long at all," Berg says.

The Tulsa World newspaper reported last spring Slaight and her husband, Tyler, had recovered from methampetamine addiction, and received a restored home in Tulsa, after volunteers repaired it.  Berg and neighbors say Slaight and the two boys had been living in the Montfort home for just a few weeks. Grant County property records show the home was sold on a land contract to a California man on Dec. 12.

Dreckman says there is no search for suspects at this time, and says Slaight's husband, Tyler Slaight, has been living in Oklahoma, and returned to Wisconsin after the shooting.  Iowa County law enforcement records show Morgan Slaight sought help for domestic abuse in March, 2007, after arriving in Mineral Point from Oklahoma. Available records do not indicate if anyone was arrested.

The Tulsa World reported three children were taken away from Tyler and Morgan Slaight in the past, but the family was reunited at the time it received the home in April.  Authorities say a third boy is living with a relative, and was not in the home at the time of Friday's shooting.


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