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A 911 call made by the mother of two young Pennsylvania siblings found hanging from their home’s basement ceiling by a dog leash hinted that the boy may have taken his own life after being bullied.
Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 4, were found unresponsive at their home in Albany Township on Sept. 23 by their mother, Lisa Snyder.
Both children were found hanging from the home's basement rafter beams at opposite ends of the same dog leash. Two tipped-over chairs from the home's dining room were found near the bodies. Both were placed on life support but died three days later, just minutes apart.
While an official cause of death has not yet been determined, a 911 call points to one possible theory.
“She [the mother] mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and has made threats of doing this, but they didn’t want to go alone and sadly he may be the aggressor of the situation,” a dispatcher tells a fire captain in the 911 call, obtained by Crime Online.
Lisa Snyder also changed her Facebook profile to a photo with the phrase “Words scar, rumors destroy, bullies kill” following the death of her children, the Morning Call reports.
Investigators have not commented on the bullying theory publicly.
A search warrant released last week states that police found three cell phones in the mother’s possession, a finding they were surprised by, the Morning Call reports.
“Normally, people only have one cellphone and now we have three,” Berks County District Attorney John Adams told the outlet.
A total of five warrants have been issued so far in relation to the case. In one, police indicated that they were searching for a dog the family used to have so that they could weigh the dog in order to help reconstruct events. The leash used in the incident belonged to that dog, a husky-pit bull mix.
"By determining the dogs (sic) actual weight and sized (sic) utilizing a scale will assist in the criminal investigation," Pennsylvania State Police wrote in the warrant application, obtained by WFMZ in Allentown. "All of this is important to the criminal investigation and reconstruction of the events surrounding this incident."
Both children were receiving general protective services from welfare officials, although it’s not clear why, WPVI in Philadelphia reports.
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