Ottawa woman's death called a murder-suicide

Police say the death of an Ottawa woman beaten badly with a baseball bat in her Stittsville home was a murder-suicide and the city's fourth homicide of the year.

Theresa Lefebvre was found seven days ago in her Stittsville home

Theresa Lefebvre died in hospital earlier this week after her husband brutally beat her and then took his own life. 2:28

An Ottawa woman found badly beaten in her Stittsville home died in hospital this morning after what police are now calling a murder-suicide.

Theresa Lefebvre, 46, was brought to hospital April 11 after police responded to a call about a domestic dispute at her Hartsmere Drive home.

A source told CBC News Lefebvre was beaten with a baseball bat and that a man had called 911 to say he had killed his wife.

She had been in a medically-induced coma for the past week .

The body of her husband, 43-year-old Peter Lefebvre, was later found in the Stony Swamp Conservation area after an intensive police search. Police are calling his death a suicide.

Family, friends and neighbours had said the couple — who are survived by two children — were in the middle of divorcing. They also said the man was battling with mental illness.

Police said they had earlier attended the family's home in March, the first and only emergency call there before this incident.

Theresa Lefebvre's family has chosen to donate her organs, police say.

A trust fund for the Lefebvre children has been set up at TD Canada Trust. People wishing to make donations can do so at any of the bank's branches. The fund's branch number is 3281 and the account number is 6122102.