A mom was found dead in a car, next to her sleeping toddler, at a South Florida hotel

Michelle Marchante, Devoun Cetoute
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A 32-year-old mother was found dead early Tuesday, next to her sleeping child, inside a car in the parking lot of a Boynton Beach hotel.

The suspect — identified as 39-year-old Narcisse Antoine of West Palm Beach — fled after the “domestic-related” shooting and died by suicide, police said.

The murder-suicide happened around 1:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn, 1475 W. Gateway Blvd., according to Boynton Beach police.

When officers arrived, they found the woman shot to death inside a car. Police said her 2-year-old son, who was with her, was sleeping and unharmed.

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After speaking with witnesses, officers got a detailed description of Antoine’s car. They found and later stopped him on Interstate 95 near Gateway Boulevard, where officers say he shot and killed himself.

In 2015, Antoine was found not guilty in a 2009 shooting that left one man killed and injured another, according to Palm Beach County records. Antoine was the lead suspect and had been charged with second degree murder and attempted second degree murder.

Police said they will not release the victim’s name, citing Marsy’s Law. The 2-year-old boy is safe with family, authorities noted.

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