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“Really shocked:” Father, daughter killed in Cudahy murder-suicide identified

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CUDAHY -- Police identified on Saturday, January 2nd the man and two-year-old girl found dead with gunshot wounds inside a Cudahy home Friday morning, January 1st.

Skylar Hartman

Skylar Hartman

Cudahy Police Department say they're investigating the deaths of two-year-old Skylar Hartman and her father, 27-year-old Brett Hartman.

A family friend tells FOX6 News a picture of Skylar, her hair braided, is her mother's favorite.

Police say Skylar was killed in the first hours of 2016. Police responded to the home on Whittaker Avenue around 1:30 a.m., and found Skylar suffering from a gunshot wound.

Her father, Brett Hartman, was pronounced dead at the house -- he was also shot. Skylar was pronounced dead at Children's Hospital.

Cudahy murder-suicide investigated

Cudahy murder-suicide investigated

"I'm just really shocked," said Kaitlyn Monroe, Skylar's cousin.

Monroe says Brett Hartman had made cryptic statements in the past, but the family never thought he could do such a thing.

"He was just basically saying how he was just going to kill himself and take the one person he loves, which is Skylar, with him but they just didn't believe him because he says this a lot," said Monroe.

"This is a horrific tragedy," said Chief Tom Poellot, Cudahy Police Departmnet.


Police say they're looking into what happened in the days and weeks before the shooting.

"We're in the early stages of the investigation. At this point, it's too early to establish a timeline for how long this may take to gather all the details," said Poellot.

Monroe says Skylar was about to turn three -- a family that had been making arrangement for a celebration is now planning a funeral.

"Her birthday party was in two days so we're really upset because she was just going to be three-years-old," said Monroe.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office confirms it completed the autopsies Saturday, on both Brett and Skylar Hartman.

Both the medical examiner's office and Cudahy police say their investigation remains open.


  • jenna5960

    Sounds like this tragedy could have easily been prevented, had any of the people he was screaming to for help, cared enough to help him. I hope they feel guilty for the rest of their lives.

  • baba

    he says this stuff ALOT? don’t take this seriously? should have help the guy, doesn’t matter if you don’t like him, he has a 2 year old daughter who you know! they should have said something!

  • Mike

    The blood of this beautiful and innocent child is on the hands of everyone who ever heard her father say anything about harming himself, and mentioning harming someone else. I hope they live in agony for the rest of their lives in knowing that because of their inaction a child is dead. Anytime someone makes a statement of self harm – especially more than once, it should be taken seriously. Depression, or any form of mental help should be addressed, and if a child is involved, it should be reported. God bless both of them, and I hope they are in peace.

  • King joe

    Typical white on white crime bullcrap. Watch as people Try to deflect the story on mental health. Why anytime a caucasian commit a serious crime it always blame on mental health? Rip the young girl

  • Karla

    The stigma of a mental health issue causes people to run the other way from the sufferer and the one who is suffering to avoid seeking help. We have all seen situations like this being played out in the news. It’s disturbing and shocking.
    Depression and mental health issues can be treated. What happened is a tragedy and left many victims who may suffer endlessly because of this. If we educate ourselves and become aware of warning signs we can usually avoid a worst case scenario.
    The families of both the father and child are now left with raw angry wounds as they try to pick up the pieces of their shattered life. Let’s not further exacerbate the family’s pain by pointing fingers of blame and posting hurtful comments.
    The families need compassion and kindness.
    I pray for the families to find peace and comfort during this dark time. There truly will be a light t the end of the tunnel ❤️😇

    Peace, kindness and love of mankind

  • Sarah

    This is so sad I pray for her family. R.I.P Skylar and Brett Hartman. A life taken before she really had a chance to live.

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