The mother of two Pennsylvania children who were found inside their home hanging from a dog leash line in September has been charged with murder.
The Morning Call reports that Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, was arrested Monday morning and charged with several felonies, including first-degree murder, third-degree murder, animal cruelty, sexual intercourse with a dog, tampering with evidence, and child negligence. She’s currently behind bars without bail.
Authorities began searching for the family dog shortly after the children’s deaths. Snyder allegedly said she gave the dog away. There has been no official confirmation from law enforcement on whether the dog has been found. Police said emails contained photos and other evidence of Snyder with the dog, according to 69News.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Snyder called 911 on September 23 after finding her children, Conner, 8, and Brinley, 4, hanging from a dog leash line inside their Albany Township home, off of 2442 Route 143.
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Snyder made the 911 call at around 4:33 p.m., according to police. She was home alone with the children at the time. According to a 911 dispatch call, Snyder told police that Conner was suicidal, but didn’t want “to go alone.”
“She mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and has made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone. … At this time, it should just be the mother and the two children on scene.”
Both children were rushed to the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest but were pronounced dead four days later, and only minutes apart.
Investigators confirmed that the children were found hanging from the opposite ends of a plastic-covered dog leash line that someone had wrapped around the basement’s main support beam. Both children had the leash line wrapped around their necks, Reading Eagle reports.
Authorities found two dining room table chairs in the basement. Both chairs were tipped over around three feet away from each other.
In October, authorities seized numerous items from the family home, including Conner’s Xbox. The boy’s mother, Lisa Snyder, told police that he frequently used the Xbox to play video games and to go online. Authorities also seized two iPads and a laptop.
“The eight-year-old victim is known to play video games and view various internet websites utilizing the X-Box gaming console,” the warrant read.
Investigators later carried out another search warrant and reportedly determined that Snyder had two additional cellphones that they were not aware of.
Authorities learned about the cellphones after an interview with Snyder’s oldest son, 17-year-old Owen Snyder. Further, authorities noted that the 911 call was not placed from the first cellphone police seized from the mother.
“Normally, people only have one cellphone and now we have three,” Berks County District Attorney John Adams said.
The story is developing. Check back this afternoon for further updates.
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[Feature Photo: Conner Snyder and Brinley Snyder/Facebook]