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Autopsy in Citrus County slaying-suicide of mom, three young sons finds no narcotics

Alicia Chomic holds sons Thomas Goldsmith Jr., left, and Damian Lietz in a family photo. An investigation into why she shot and killed them, their brother, Anthony Lietz Jr., and herself is under way.

Alicia Chomic holds sons Thomas Goldsmith Jr., left, and Damian Lietz in a family photo. An investigation into why she shot and killed them, their brother, Anthony Lietz Jr., and herself is under way.

A newly released autopsy report shows that the 23-year-old mother who last October killed her three young boys and then herself had no trace of narcotics in her body.

The absence of drugs further deepens the mystery into why Alicia Chomic — by many accounts a gentle and loving mother — would have shot her sons, Thomas Goldsmith Jr., almost 5; Damian Lietz, 2 1/2; and Anthony Lietz Jr., 15 months.

Their four bodies were discovered the morning of Oct. 31 in the bedroom of her mother's Citrus County home, where they had moved only days earlier from Pasco County.

Investigators believe the shootings occurred the prior evening, before Chomic's mother and stepfather, Vickie and Greg Maslowski, returned to the home about 8 p.m.

Citrus County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Heather Yates said the case remains open because there are additional blood tests that investigators first want to have in hand. Yates said detectives have no new information about Chomic's possible motivations.

The reports prepared by Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Wolf show that Chomic and the boys all died from gunshots to the head. Only traces of nicotine and caffeine were detected in Chomic's system.

Chomic and the two older boys were found on the bed. The youngest of the three boys was in his crib.

One of the older children was beneath a striped blanket, his knees flexed and his arms encircling a pillow beneath his head. The other boy was facing his brother.

A semiautomatic handgun, which authorities say belonged to Chomic's mother and stepfather, was near her right hand. Draped over one of the older boys was Chomic's left arm.

Jodie Tillman can be reached at jtillman@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

Autopsy in Citrus County slaying-suicide of mom, three young sons finds no narcotics 01/23/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 23, 2009 10:45pm]
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