2 Young Children Found Hanging From Basement Ceiling At Opposite Ends Of Dog Leash, Two Chairs Tipped Over Nearby

Brother and sister Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley Snyder, 4, were briefly revived on their way to the hospital, but had to be put on life support and later died. 

By Gina Tron

It’s both a tragedy and a mystery. What exactly happened to two young siblings in Pennsylvania who were found hanging from their home’s basement ceiling by a dog leash?

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, local outlet Reading Eagle reports.

While the children were revived on their way to their hospital, they both soon had to be placed on life support. They died three days later, just minutes apart from one another.

Both children were found hanging from the home's basement rafter beams at opposite ends of one dog leash, according to the authorities. Near where they were found, were two tipped over chairs from the home’s dining room.

The children's 36-year-old mother and her 17-year-old son also live in the home. 

Investigators are looking to analyze an X-Box console as part of the investigation.

“The 8-year-old victim is known to play video games and view various internet websites utilizing the X-Box gaming console,” a warrant obtained by the Morning Call in Allentown states. 

The X-Box is not the only device from the home being looked at. At least one cellphone, two iPads and a laptop have also been confiscated as part of the investigation.

Both children were receiving general protective services from welfare officials, although it’s not clear why, WPVI in Philadelphia reports.

The family did own a dog, but the mother has given that dog away following the death of her children.

The case soon will be reviewed by at least two panels, the Child Death Review Panel and the Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel, who review cases of child deaths, the Reading Eagle reports. Autopsy results are pending. No charges have been filed against anyone. For now, how the children died is a mystery.

Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams told the Call "It's a real head-scratcher.”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the local district attorney’s office at 610-478-6000 or the state police at 610-562-6885

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