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4-Year-Old Son Saw Dad Kill Family

BOSTON, Mass. - A note left by a Massachusetts man accused of killing his two young children, wife and mother-in-law says his 4-year-old son witnessed the killings before being slain. Thomas Mortimer is accused of stabbing his relatives in June at their Winchester home after he and his wife argued about a bounced check to the Internal Revenue Service.

Prosecutors on Thursday said Mortimer revealed in a note he wrote after the killings that his son, Finn, saw him commit "these horrid acts." The note says Mortimer was sorry Finn saw the killings and "it was not supposed to be this way." The statement was made public after The Associated Press and other media fought efforts by Mortimer's defense to have it impounded.

Mortimer grew up in Avon, Conn. He has pleaded not guilty.

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