Pennsylvania boy, 8, and sister, 4, found hanging from opposite ends of dog leash in basement die in hospital, mother devastated
Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, discovered her children Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 4, hanging and unresponsive on September 23
ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA: Two children were found hanging by a dog leash in an Albany Township residence where they lived with their mother and teenage brother, Pennsylvania police reported.
Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, discovered her children Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 4, hanging and unresponsive. They were immediately rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.
While they were revived on the way to the ER and were placed on life support, doctors pronounced them dead three days later, the Reading Eagle reports.
On September 23 at about 4.30 pm, dispatch received a call from Berks County Communications reporting two juvenile victims who were found hanging and unresponsive at the residence. Authorities obtained at least six separate warrants to search the home for evidence.
According to an affidavit, the children were hanging from opposite ends of a dog leash that was wrapped around the main support beam in the basement. The document states each end of the wire lead was found wrapped around the children's necks.
Court documents say two chairs were found tipped over on the floor on either side of the victims' bodies.
The children were in full cardiac arrest as they were flown to the hospital by medics from Kempton Fire Company. They were able to revive the kids en route and subsequently placed them on life support as soon as they reached the hospital.
But, three days later, the children were removed from life support as doctors pronounced them dead at just 14 minutes apart.
Lisa and her 17-year-old son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police Conner would play video games and surf the internet using an Xbox gaming console.
According to court papers, authorities seized the said console, cellphones, two tablets, as well as a laptop computer from the home for investigative purposes.
Lisa later revealed to cops she owned a Husky pit bull mix weighing about 50 pounds. The dog, which has been given away, had been kept outside the residence attached to the wire cable leash with a plastic coating.
Autopsy reports from last week were inconclusive, with the coroner saying forensic testing is required to determine the cause and manner of death.
That said, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
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