GLADWIN COUNTY (WJRT) (10/21/2019) - A Gladwin County man is accused of shooting and killing his wife with their children in the home over the weekend.
Jeremy Herren is accused of shooting and killing his wife, Christina, during an argument in their Gladwin County home early Saturday.
Jeremy Herren, 39, faces two charges, including murder, in connection to the shooting death of his 37-year-old wife Christina.
A 911 call was made by one of their three children from a neighbor's house a little after 4 a.m. Saturday. The child reported hearing three gunshots before all three children ran to a neighbor's house.
When police arrived, the dispatcher advised that a handgun, shotguns and rifles were in the home. Police were not sure if Jeremy Herren had left the house and there was concern for the children's safety.
"He's requesting that some type of barrier. Maybe one or two officers go and place themselves between the residence the children are at and the suspect's residence if possible," a dispatcher told officers.
Jeremy was in the home and surrendered to police more than five hours after that initial 911 call. Police found Christina in the home dead from a gunshot wound. The children were not hurt.
"It's going to affect their everyday life, their everyday behavior, their quality of life overall, the impacts are really severe," said Allie Martinez, who works at Underground Railroad and helps victims of domestic abuse in Saginaw County.
She said children are often in the home when the abuse takes place.
"The CDC reports that 68-80 percent of domestic assaults are witnessed by children," Martinez said.
In August, a man shot and killed his wife in this home in Clare County. He later then killed himself. There were children in that home when that domestic assault took place.
Martinez said children who are left without parents that can care for them often live with other family members or are placed in foster care.
"The trauma that has affected them emotionally. It's similar to that we would see in PTSD," Martinez said.