2 Sep 2022: Two children have been murdered by one of their parents in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA. It’s the latest in a long list of kids murdered by parents, or close families members after family court proceedings. Often these are also family murder-suicides. Often they’re linked directly to family court proceedings.
This murder was the day after a family court hearing. Laura Moberley, 42, lost “primary care” of her children, Eric (11) and Emily (8). She faced escalating debts to pay for these legal services. The mother-of-two shot her two children early one morning this week before, apparently, taking her own life.
Emily Moberley was a third-grade student at Carolina Forest Elementary School, while Eric Moberley attended Ten Oaks Middle School. Their father, William Moberley, was at the court hearing too. He is listed as the owner of the house where the murders took place.
With the family-suicides, the long list of kids murdered after family court proceedings is just the tip of the iceberg. Under the surface there is widespread extra distress and harm that comes when legal systems help separating families.