PA - Conner, 8, & Brinley Snyder, 4, found hung, later died, Kempton, MEDIA MAPS TIMELINE NO DISCUSS

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    Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in deaths of children found hanged, DA says ‘horrific’ case ‘hits us in the heart’

    THE MORNING CALL |
    DEC 02, 2019 | 1:40 PM

    Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, was charged Monday in the homicides of her children, 8-year-old Conner and 4-year-old Brinley.

    The charges include first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog. According to court records, Snyder is being held in Berks County Jail without bail.

    [..]

    He [John Adams] said during her arrest, Snyder had “little to no emotion.”

    [..]

    He also said toxicology reports showed the children had no drugs in their system at the time.

    Adams said Berks County Children and Youth was involved with the family and the children had been taken from Snyder in 2014 and returned to her in 2015. Adams said an investigation didn’t reveal any mistakes in the children being returned to their home.

    [..]

    Adams said after Snyder called 911 saying she found her children hanging, Snyder never returned to the basement as paramedics worked to save them.

    [..]

    According to court records detailing Snyder’s arrest:

    Snyder had bought the dog lead the day before the children were found hanged and had picked it up from a Hamburg store that day. [..]

    Authorities say one day before the children were found hanged in the basement, Snyder Googled “hanging yourself" and visited a website detailing an effective way of hanging a person. [..]

    Snyder was interviewed by police on two occasions. She told police that Conner had been bullied because of his weight and had “lost 25 pounds since school started because he was starving himself.”

    [..]

    Snyder said the day her children died, Conner came home from school and asked her if he could go “downstairs to build a fort.” She said Conner asked if he could use a dog lead on the table that she had just bought that day and she said yes. Snyder said as Conner went up and down the stairs, taking dining room chairs with him, she was putting laundry away and went outside for a cigarette.

    Snyder told police after about 10 minutes outside, she went back to ask the children what they wanted for dinner and that’s when she found them hanging. Snyder said she tried to lift her daughter, who weighs about 40 pounds, but she told police when her “anxiety spikes,” she starts to sweat profusely and was unable to remove the dog lead. Snyder also told police she tried to lift her son, who weighs about 150 pounds, but was unable to.

    [..]

    According to the affidavit, in the weeks leading up to the killings, Snyder sent at least three sexually explicit photos of herself engaged in sexual acts with a black and white dog to an unnamed person.
     


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    Lisa Snyder, Berks County mom charged today in the deaths of both of her young children who were found hanging in the basement of their home in late September. @NBCPhiladelphia

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    Pa. Mom Charged With Murder 2 Months After Kids, 8 and 4, Are Found Hanging in Basement
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    Authorities in Pennsylvania have confirmed the arrest of a 36-year-old mother in connection with the deaths of two of her children, who were found hanged in their home’s basement in late September.

    Law enforcement officials in Berks County will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. about the charges against Lisa Rachelle Snyder.

    On Monday, Snyder 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, according to online records.

    She is being held without bail. Information on her attorney, if she has one, was not immediately available.

    Police previously had said the two young siblings were found Sept. 23 by their mother, hanging from a basement support beam next to chairs that had been tipped over.
     
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    Albany Township mother researched suicide, murder before her 2 children were found hanged, police say

    Dec 2, 2019

    The affidavit of probable cause details a tragic story that, through the initial words and actions of Snyder, appeared to be of a young boy so shaken by constant bullying that he killed himself, taking his little sister with him. But with Snyder's arrest, the tale the mother of three was telling appears to be fiction.

    According to court documents:

    At about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 Snyder called 9-1-1, reporting that Conner and Brinley were found hanging, unresponsive, in the basement of her home. Two emergency medical technicians from Kempton Fire Department arrived about 10 minutes later and saw the children hanging about 3 feet apart from each other, a wire cable dog lead with vinyl coating wrapped around each of their necks.

    The lead was also wrapped around the main support beam in the basement. Two wooden, bar-height dinning room chairs were below the children, knocked over on their sides.

    Conner and Brinley were rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance. They had been resuscitated on the way there and, once at the hospital, were placed on life support in the pediatric intensive care unit. Both were pronounced dead by the Lehigh County coroner's office on Sept. 26.

    Snyder was interviewed twice by members of the state police criminal investigations unit at Hamburg. She told investigators that Conner had been bullied and that he had told her several times that he wanted to die.

    Snyder said she didn't know the exact details of the bullying, but indicated it was because of his weight and struggles in schools.

    "He doesn't say much because he knows that I will call the school," Snyder told investigators. "He is overweight, has a speech delay, he needs the extra help, a little slower to grasp things, kids make fun of him because he's fat. He has lost 25 pounds since school has started because he was starving himself."

    Snyder told investigators that her son had been bullied since first grade, and that when he comes home "he's just angry."

    Things had gotten so bad, Snyder said, that he had tried to kill himself. She told investigators that she had spoken to him about it the previous week.

    "And I told him, 'Honey, if you ever feel like hurting yourself please come to me,' " she told investigators. "He did say to me when we were talking, 'I woulda killed myself already, but I am scared to go by myself.' "

    Snyder said she thought that's why Conner had Brinley with him, so that they could go together.

    On the day of the hanging, Conner had come home from school and, after being unable to find the charger for his laptop computer, decided he wanted to go down to the basement and build a fort with his sister, Snyder said. Conner asked if he could use two of the kitchen chairs in the fort, and also asked to use a brand-new dog lead Snyder had bought earlier that day, she added.

    Conner carried both of the heavy chairs downstairs by himself, Snyder said. It was pretty common for Conner and Brinley to play in the basement, she said.

    Snyder told investigators she went outside to let her dog out and to have a cigarette. When she came back in about 10 minutes later, she headed to the basement to ask her kids if they wanted frozen pizza or Chef Boyardee for dinner.

    She said that's when she found Conner and Brinley hanging from the beam. She said she tried to lift Brinley and remove the dog lead, but she was sweating profusely from anxiety and couldn't. She then tried to lift Conner, but couldn't.

    Snyder told investigators she then ran upstairs to call 9-1-1.

    Investigators almost immediately began finding holes in Snyder's story.
     
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    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    DA Adams: Speaking on Lisa Snyder's 911 call and initial interview - "It would be safe to say we immediately had questions." "Eight year olds, generally, that I am aware of, do not commit suicide. So of course we had questions." @ReadingEagle

    11:30 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    DA Adams: "It's just not right, and it's not fair." @ReadingEagle

    11:23 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    DA Adams: Said it was a "very emotional" investigation. "This is a horrific, tragic incident." "We are all very saddened by this incident that took place in Albany Township." @ReadingEagle

    11:13 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    DA Adams: Only person to ever say Conner Snyder was bullied was his mother, who is now charged with his murder. Lisa Snyder told police bullying left Conner suicidal. @ReadingEagle

    11:08 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    DA Adams: Lisa Snyder arrested at her home by state police about 9 am today. @ReadingEagle

    11:02 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    david mekeel‏ @dmekeel
    I'll be covering DA John Adams' 2 pm press conference on the arrest of Lisa Snyder, accused of murdering two of her children. @ReadingEagle

    10:19 AM - 2 Dec 2019
     
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    Lisa Snyder: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

    Dec 2, 2019

    The children died in Kempton, Pennsylvania. Authorities now say that they had suspicions about the deaths from the start. Lisa Snyder is now accused of multiple offenses; first-degree and third-degree murder, endangering the safety of children, having sex with an animal, cruelty to animals, and tampering with physical evidence.

    “This was a horrific, tragic incident,” District Attorney John T. Adams said during a press conference announcing Snyder’s arrest.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Snyder Is Accused of Googling Information About How to Die From Carbon Monoxide

    2. Snyder Is Also Accused of Sexual Intercourse With the Dog After Photos Were Unearthed

    3. Snyder Previously Claimed That Her Son Was Bullied

    4. Emergency Responders Found a Horrific Death Scene

    5. The Children Were Known to Family & Youth Services Before Their Deaths

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    Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in deaths of children found hanged, DA says ‘horrific’ case ‘hits us in the heart’

    THE MORNING CALL |
    DEC 02, 2019 | 1:40 PM

    Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, was charged Monday in the homicides of her children, 8-year-old Conner and 4-year-old Brinley.

    The charges include first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog. According to court records, Snyder is being held in Berks County Jail without bail.

    [..]

    He [John Adams] said during her arrest, Snyder had “little to no emotion.”

    [..]

    He also said toxicology reports showed the children had no drugs in their system at the time.

    Adams said Berks County Children and Youth was involved with the family and the children had been taken from Snyder in 2014 and returned to her in 2015. Adams said an investigation didn’t reveal any mistakes in the children being returned to their home.

    [..]

    Adams said after Snyder called 911 saying she found her children hanging, Snyder never returned to the basement as paramedics worked to save them.

    [..]

    According to court records detailing Snyder’s arrest:

    Snyder had bought the dog lead the day before the children were found hanged and had picked it up from a Hamburg store that day. [..]

    Authorities say one day before the children were found hanged in the basement, Snyder Googled “hanging yourself" and visited a website detailing an effective way of hanging a person. [..]

    Snyder was interviewed by police on two occasions. She told police that Conner had been bullied because of his weight and had “lost 25 pounds since school started because he was starving himself.”

    [..]

    Snyder said the day her children died, Conner came home from school and asked her if he could go “downstairs to build a fort.” She said Conner asked if he could use a dog lead on the table that she had just bought that day and she said yes. Snyder said as Conner went up and down the stairs, taking dining room chairs with him, she was putting laundry away and went outside for a cigarette.

    Snyder told police after about 10 minutes outside, she went back to ask the children what they wanted for dinner and that’s when she found them hanging. Snyder said she tried to lift her daughter, who weighs about 40 pounds, but she told police when her “anxiety spikes,” she starts to sweat profusely and was unable to remove the dog lead. Snyder also told police she tried to lift her son, who weighs about 150 pounds, but was unable to.

    [..]

    According to the affidavit, in the weeks leading up to the killings, Snyder sent at least three sexually explicit photos of herself engaged in sexual acts with a black and white dog to an unnamed person.
     
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    Albany Township mother researched suicide, murder before her 2 children were found hanged, police say

    Dec 2, 2019

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    Investigators almost immediately began finding holes in Snyder's story.

    When they spoke to someone else who lived in the house, he said the kids never played in the basement, recalling only one time they went down there. That was on Christmas to ride their new scooters.

    When they built forts, he told investigators, they did so with couch cushions and chairs in the living room.

    He also told investigators that Conner had never mentioned being bullied at school.

    Another witness told investigators that Snyder sent her a text message saying Conner was being bullied and was suicidal. She asked the witness to pick him up from school.

    The witness did, but said Conner didn't seem distressed when she arrived. He was laughing and sitting with his friends, the witness said, and didn't mention anything about being bullied.

    The witness also told investigators that about three weeks before the kids were found hanged, Snyder had come to her house and told her that she is depressed and can't get out of bed. She said Snyder said she does not care anymore about her kids.

    Investigators also spoke to officials from the Kutztown School District, where Conner attended school. They found that Conner had below average visual motor skills and perceptual vision.

    Because of that, a district official told investigators, it would be difficult for Conner to operate the clasp on the dog lead and to wrap it so evenly around the support beam. He also would have had trouble keeping his balance while standing on a chair.
     
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    Mother of kids found hanged in Berks home charged with murder

    Dec 2, 2019

    Lisa Snyder was arrested a short time before 9:30 a.m. at her home, and was being arraigned on murder, child endangerment, and related charges before a district judge, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper David Beohm said in a news release.

    Murder is a non-bailable offense, and Snyder will be sent to Berks County Prison.

    A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. with District Attorney John Adams at the Berks County Courthouse. Dennis Charles is listed as Snyder’s attorney; he was not in the office and could not be reached for comment.

    Siblings Conner and Brinley Snyder, ages 8 and 4, were found unresponsive Sept. 23 hanging from opposite ends of a plastic-coated dog lead that was looped over a rafter in the basement of the home in the 2400 block of Route 143 in Albany Township, outside Kempton.

    The pair were revived and flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Salisbury Township, but three days later were taken off life support and pronounced dead 14 minutes apart.

    Lisa Snyder, who turns 37 on Dec. 13, told a 911 operator her son had been bullied and “didn’t want to go alone.”

    The results of the children’s autopsies were inconclusive and their deaths have been under investigation by authorities.

    On Monday, Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich said he ruled the cause of death for both children to be hanging, and the manner for both to be homicide, following an "extensive investigation and collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Police – Hamburg Barracks and the Berks County District Attorney’s Office."

    Investigators filed a series of search warrants for items in the home, including cell phones, and a black husky-pit bull mix as part of the investigation, according to The Morning Call.

    Lisa Snyder is being charged with two counts each of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and child endangerment, as well as single counts of sexual intercourse with an animal, tampering with evidence and animal cruelty.
     
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    Jim Vasil‏Verified account @JimVasilWFMZ
    #BREAKING: MOTHER ARRESTED FOR MURDER: Lisa Snyder was taken into custody by PSP this morning. She’s charged with killing her 8 y/o boy and 4 y/o girl who were found hanging from a coated wire in their basement in September. More info from Berks DA this afternoon @69News

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    6:46 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    Jim Vasil‏Verified account @JimVasilWFMZ
    I’ve obtained court paperwork on Snyder. Documents say just days before the children were found hanging, Snyder googled, “hanging yourself.” Says she also googled, “carbon monoxide in a car how long to die” and “I almost got away with it best episodes.” @69News

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    7:42 AM - 2 Dec 2019

    Jim Vasil‏Verified account @JimVasilWFMZ
    In a sick twist, police are also charging Snyder with having sexual intercourse with her dog. Evidence, including pictures, were found in her email during the course of the investigation. Police indicate the images are from prior to the murders. @69News

    7:46 AM - 2 Dec 2019
     
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    Conner and Brinley Snyder: Happy children who were not bullied, DA says after mom charged in their deaths

    12/2/19

    Berks County District Attorney John Adams on Monday also said he wanted to dispel any notion that Conner was bullied by fellow students at school.

    [...]

    At a news conference announcing homicide charges against Snyder, Adams said state police interviewed students and teachers and reviewed school bus video of Conner arriving home from school the day he was found hanged.

    “The video shows no sign that Conner was in distress whatsoever. In fact, from the video he appears to be a happy child.”

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    “Conner was always smiling and happy,” Kutztown Area School District Superintendent Christian T. Temchatin said in a statement, adding that Conner had recently discovered a book series called “Dog Man," and would often giggle during reading workshop while pouring over the books in his third grade class at Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School.

    He said Conner had a growing love of science, “specifically rocks and minerals” and would often bring rocks to show his teacher.

    “[Conner] spoke lovingly of his sister Brinley,” Temchatin said. “Often when he would have the opportunity to pick a reward in school, he would select something that he could bring home for her.
     
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    TIMELINE OF EVENTS IN BERKS INVESTIGATION

    Sept. 23, 4:37 p.m.


    State police receive a call from Berks County 911 for a report of two victims, siblings age 8 and 4, found hanging and unresponsive in the basement of a home at 2442 Route 143 in Albany Township. The children were found by their mother, Lisa R. Snyder, 36, police report.

    4:41 p.m.

    Two Kempton Fire department EMTs arrive on scene and find the children hanging 3 feet apart from a “single wired cable with plastic coating and ends containing swivel eye snap hooks,” according to a search warrant return filed in the death investigation. The wire was wrapped around the main support beam of the basement and each end of wire wrapped around the necks of 8-year-old Conner Snyder and his 4-year-old sister, Brinley. Alongside the victims were two wooden dining room chairs knocked over.

    Snyder tells a 911 dispatcher that Conner was bullied and had “made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone,” according to a recording of the incident.

    Authorities do not release details about how the children died, but say their deaths are under investigation and there is no danger to the public.

    Sept. 24 through Sept. 30

    Authorities take several things from the home including electronic devices and cellphones, computers, an iPad and Conner’s X-box gaming system.

    Police say they are also seeking “a medium, black pit bull mixed dog, the dog’s weight on a scale and any photos of the dog.” Investigators say Snyder told them she owned the dog, that weighed about 50 pounds, and the dog was kept outside on the wire cable lead found wrapped around her children’s necks. Police say Snyder told them the dog had been given away.

    Oct. 2

    Police return to Snyder’s home to seize several more cellphones that they say they learned about in an interview with Snyder’s oldest son.

    Oct. 12

    Family and friends gather outside the Kempton Community Center for a balloon launch on what would have been Conner Snyder’s ninth birthday. In the crowd was 17-year-old Owen Snyder, Conner and Brinley’s older brother. Lisa Snyder did not attend.

    Nov. 10

    Lisa Snyder created her own Facebook group called “Remembering Conner & Brinley.” Snyder posted dozens of photos of her children.

    Nov. 21

    Snyder posts on her Facebook group that she’s turning off comments on her page after the media reported on the page.

    Dec. 2

    Lisa Snyder is charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog in connection with the deaths of her children. According to court records, Snyder is being held in Berks County jail without bail.

    Timeline of events in investigation of Berks children found hanged in basement
     
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    Tried to put together a timeline based on the Affidavit:

    Three Weeks prior to Sept 23 incident: Defendant came over and told Witness 1 and her mother that she is depressed and can't get out of bed and does not care anymore about her kids.
    Sept 3 at 03:03 - text, "He's eating...."
    Sept 3 at 03:05 - text, "He keeps moving..."
    Sept 3 at 11:28 - photo with dog
    Sept 3 at 21:23 - text, "He did good..."
    Sept 15 at 23:29 - Text, "Sorry...kid problems"
    Sept 15 at 23:30 - Text, "Major kid problems"
    Sept 16 - Witness 1 received text message that Victim 2 was suicidal. Witness 1 said they picked up Victim 2 from school that day and he was fine, laughing and sitting with friends when picked up.
    Sept 17 at 07:21 - Text, "Things are bad.... Bullying... I just wanna cry."
    Sept 17 at 11:14 - Text, "Oh Daddy ... just took good pics for you..."
    Sept 17 at 22:21 - internet search, "carbon monoxide in a car how long to die"
    Sept 18 at 23:10 - Sent 2 pictures with the dog, another picture in lingerie
    Sept 18 at 23:27 - Text, "He actually went for it..."
    Sept 18 at 23:27 - Text, "Laying"
    Sept 19 at 21:24 - Text, "You'll hopefully see Sunday"
    Sept 19 at 21:25 - Text,"Just found out [] goes to work ... gonna be mom ... she's a ***** when it comes to babysitting"
    Sept 20 at 18:58 - internet search, ""almost got away with it" and "almost got away with it best episodes"
    Sept 22 at 11:19am - internet search, "hanging yourself" and "short drop/simple suspension" describes effective way to hang someone
    Sept 22 - placed order for dog lead online at Walmart
    Sept 23 at 09:30 - online pick up of dog lead
    Sept 23 at 11:27 - internet search, "do a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide"
    Sept 23 at 11:28 - internet search, "do a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide while idling"
    Sept 23 at 15:49 - Connor arrives home from school on the school bus (video)
    Sept 23 at 16:30 - called 911 to report the hangings
    Sept 23 - questioned about cell phone (xxx-xxx-2280), said she left it at the residence.
    Sept 25 - provided police with new cell phone (xxx-xxx-8419) which was also used to place Walmart online order.
    Oct 4 - defendant claims she lost Galaxy Note 9 phone, although 5 other cell phones were located, one which included 8419, the only activity started after Sept 23.

    https://heavyeditorial.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/dacopy0340countyofberks.com_20191202_121314.pdf
     
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    Murder Charges in Pennsylvania | ARM Lawyers

    Many people assume the legal term and act of “murder” describes every act of taking another individual’s life. In the eyes of the law, though, the definition of “murder” is much more specific. There are actually three different types of murder and two different types of manslaughter under Pennsylvania law.

    First-degree murder, for example, requires that the prosecutor establish the presence of malice, or the specific intent to kill. Evidence used to establish the presence of malice, the intent to kill and pre-meditated murder include the consideration of the defendant’s actions and the use of a deadly weapon.

    Second-degree murder is another type of murder charge in Pennsylvania and requires the presence of malice and that the defendant had a specific intent to kill. Unlike first-degree murder, though, a defendant may be charged with second-degree murder if he or she intended to participate in actions that led to a person’s death, even if killing a person was not a direct intention.

    According to Pennsylvania law Title 18 – Crimes and Offenses, Section 2502 (c), all other types of murder shall be considered murder of the third degree. A defendant may be found guilty of murder even if he or she did not have the intent to kill but did have the intent to perform unlawful acts that resulted in the death of a person, such as shooting a person.
     
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    The teddy bears will be donated to the Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital as well as local fire departments and other agencies, according to school officials.

    There will be several boxes where teddy bear donations can be dropped off prior to the collection date of Dec. 18:
    • At the school at 1475 Krumsville Road in Lenhartsville, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14.
    • Kutztown Community Library at 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown.
    • The Nesting Box, 230 Snyder Road in Kempton.
    • CJ Hummels Restaurant, 28 Willow St, Lenhartsville.
    • Kutztown Elementary School, 40 Normal Ave, Kutztown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 14.
    Berks County school to collect teddy bears in honor of slain siblings
     
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    'It hits us in the heart’: Pennsylvania mom charged with murder, accused of hanging her children

    THE MORNING CALL | updated
    DEC 02, 2019 | 6:25 PM

    As Snyder, of Albany Township, was arrested, she showed “little to no emotion,” Adams said, and continued to insist that Conner was bullied at school and took his own life and that of his sister.

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    Adams said he couldn’t comment on whether the children were injured prior to being hanged or if they put up a struggle.

    Adams on Monday confirmed reports that Berks County Children and Youth was involved with the family and that Conner and a brother who is now 17 were removed from Snyder’s custody in 2014, though he would not discuss the circumstances of their removal.

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    According to Berks County Assistant District Attorney Meg McCallum, Children and Youth filed an emergency custody petition in July 2014 that was granted by a judge, but she would not disclose what prompted the petition. McCallum said the children were returned to Snyder in February 2015 and the case was closed in November of that year.

    Adams said the investigation didn’t reveal any mistakes on Children and Youth’s part in returning the children to Snyder. He said the children’s father was not involved in their upbringing.
     
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    However, in interviews with the Pennsylvania State Police, a witness explained that the children were terrified of the basement and did not normally play in the basement.
    Timeline of deaths of 2 children found hanging in Berks County

    Prior to their deaths, the children were under the observation of social services. “Assessment and ongoing case management services were provided to Connor and Brinley Snyder through Berks County Children and Youth Services,” according to a spokesperson from the state’s Department of Human Services.
    ‘Psychological autopsy’ possible for mysterious deaths of two children found hanging by a dog leash line in basement

    “Assessment and ongoing case management services were previously provided to the family of Conner and Brinley Snyder through Berks County Children and Youth Services, ” Erin James, a DHS spokeswoman, said Wednesday. She declined to elaborate or provide dates.
    Police serve new search warrant, turn up more phones at Berks home where children were found hanged


    ***"Under our law, I believe CYS has more authority to take your children from you than the police do to charge you with a crime,” longtime child law attorney Matthew Kopecki said.

    "I think the law that exists for the police has been parsed out over a long time; years and years and years. Where the law that really applies for CYS is relatively new. So I don't think there's been a lot of litigation, but I think it's a hot topic,” Kopecki said.

    "Let's say it's an allegation of sexual abuse. They call pull your 11-year-old child out of school and start asking them sexually related questions that you as a parent may not feel comfortable having your child answer,” Kopecki said.

    "If the police are going to pull your child out of class and start questioning them, they do have some authority to do that. But the police aren't going to do that the first thing,” he said.

    CYS confirms Kopecki’s statements, saying a “caseworker is permitted to meet with a child in their school without a parent present.”
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