We're exclusively learning more about how Stewart Weldon's family is taking the news as his aunt tells us about a history of mental health issues.
The woman we spoke to on Friday lives in Westfield and up until two years ago, Stewart Weldon lived in that same apartment building.
She said that the whole family is shocked by what they're learning.
"We can't believe it," said Theresa Jenkins, Weldon's aunt.
Days after police arrested Weldon on charges including kidnapping, they found three bodies at his house at 1333 Page Boulevard.
According to public records, Weldon's mother, Constance White, owns the house.
"We feel bad for my sister-in-law," Jenkins added.
Jenkins told Western Mass News that her nephew, Stewart Weldon, has suffered from mental health issues.
"He just had a lot of problems. He always did. He probably should have been taking medication, we all knew that, but as he got older, he didn't want to. What can you do? When a person gets older, they do what they want to do," Jenkins explained.
Jenkins said that Weldon has a son who lives in New Jersey and a daughter who lives in Springfield.
Mass. DCF spokesperson Andrea Grossman told Western Mass News that the agency "took emergency custody of a child" who lived at 1333 Page Boulevard and that they are "investigating in collaboration with law enforcement."
Citing state and federal confidentiality requirements and pending investigations, DCF was not able to provide any additional information.
Court records from December show that the woman who was in the car during Sunday's arrest, claiming she'd been kept against her will, gave birth to Weldon's child.
"We just can't believe it because he does have a kind heart, he really does, when he's, you know, Stewart," Jenkins said.
Jenkins's daughter, LaShawn Weldon, is the subject of a 2010 unsolved homicide case. The district attorney's office would not comment on any possible connection to the current investigation.
Jenkins told us that family members simply remain surprised and concerned about each others' well-being.
"The look on your face, that was the look on our face seriously all of us. We just called each other and we were really just in shock because we were really concerned about Connie because that's his mom. We all love her even though we never see her. But we were really concerned about her when they said bodies," Jenkins said.
In a press conference earlier today, we asked Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni about Weldon's mother and he said that any family member involved in this case is safe.
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