A Florida sheriff says a chance encounter with a former Marine beset by delusions of child sex trafficking ultimately led to the massacre of four members of a Florida family including a mother holding a baby boy.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says suspect Bryan Riley stopped by the slain family’s Lakeland home briefly after going to a nearby friend’s house to pick up a first aid kit for a Hurricane Ida relief trip.
A short distance away, Riley saw Justice Gleason mowing his lawn with his 11-year-old daughter in the yard.
Judd says Riley later returned and killed Gleason and three others.
The girl survived by playing dead.