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Paragraph 10 reads:  "She says Becht, a single mother, has fought depression for years and has been on medication and in therapy for as long as she can remember."



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Family Speaks Out About Tragic S. St. Paul Murder

It’s a difficult crime to understand­why would a mother killer her own son and possibly try to killer her daughter?

The family of a South St. Paul woman wants to help the public see what kind of person Patti Becht really is.

Her oldest daughter Cara Freeman, 16, says she’s numb­her brother is dead, and she hasn’t been able to speak to her 11-year-old sister or mother since the incident on June 6.

She tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she wants everyone to know that her mother is a good person.

"No way in a million years I’d imagine she'd do this. She loved us too much," she said.

Becht's younger sister, Michelle Freeman, says she doesn't know the details of what happened Monday night.

"I can't handle it anymore. We can't handle it. We haven't even buried my nephew yet," she said.

Police say they found Becht’s 10-year-old son Michael Vonheath Becht Jr., who has Autism, dead at the family’s home in the 700 block of First Avenue South. Becht, 42, and her 11-year-old daughter Ericka Freeman were injured.

"To be honest with you, I really could not tell you what made this go on. I really do not have an answer. But I know that intentionally she would not to this to her children," Michelle Freeman said.

She says Becht, a single mother, has fought depression for years and has been on medication and in therapy for as long as she can remember.

"My sister is a good person and everyone is making it out that she's a rotten person. She's not. She's a good person, she's good with her kids, and she did anything for her kids," she explained.

Dakota County Social Services say they’ll find a place for Becht's two daughters to stay during the investigation.

Becht and her 11-year-old daughter are still at United Hospital and Children’s Hospital, respectively. Officials say both are expected to survive.

There has not been a homicide in South St. Paul since 2002.