Mom Charged With Murder After Kids, 4 and 8, Found Hanging

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Two months after two children, 4 and 8, were found hanging from a support beam in their Pennsylvania basement, their mother has been charged in their deaths.

Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog, People reported. She is being held without bail. 

Snyder had initially said she found her children, 8-year-old Conner Snyder and 4-year-old Brinley Snyder, unconscious and hanging from a dog lead in their home on Sept. 23, police previously said. Two chairs were tipped over on the floor near their bodies, according to reports.

The children were airlifted to the hospital, but they both died three days later after being removed from life support.

In a 911 call obtained by the Morning Call, Snyder could be heard saying Conner had been “bullied” at school, had "made threats of doing this" before and also said he “didn’t want to go alone.” Police now say there was no evidence of bullying, however. 

At a press conference Monday, police said that after obtaining Snyder's cell phone, they discovered searches about hanging and carbon monoxide death. They added that Snyder picked up the dog lead the morning the kids were found hanging. 

"Eight-year-olds generally, that I know of do not commit suicide, so we had questions," District Attorney John T. Adams said during the press conference. 

Snyder also allegedly sent photos of herself engaging in sex acts with the family dog, according to reports. Before the death, Snyder had allegedly told her friend she had "had enough" in reference to her children, police also said. 

The official cause of death for the children is hanging, and the deaths have been ruled a homicide. Authorities said Snyder's children were taken out of the home in 2014, but later put back in their mother's custody.

"If we could have anticipated that this could have happened, those kids would have never been returned," Adams said.

Police had previously taken out four search warrants on the home, where the two children reportedly lived with Snyder and one more teenage sibling.

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