READING, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Murder charges have been filed against a Berks County woman whose children were found hanging in the basement of her home.
On Sept. 23, an 8-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl were found hanging from a support beam in that basement.
According to the criminal complaint, Lisa Snyder, the 36-year-old mother of those children, told police she found them down there hanging from a wire dog lead, with two bar-height chairs from their kitchen tipped over on the floor below them.
They were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead.
The complaint says Snyder told police her son told her he wanted to take the chairs downstairs to build a fort. And, she says, he also asked to take down the dog lead, which she had just bought that morning.
She says the boy was bullied because of his weight and, in her words, “He’s a little slow to grasp things,” adding that he’d mentioned suicide in the past.
But the complaint says numerous school officials and family members tell police the boy never mentioned bullying or hurting himself.
It also says in the days leading up the children’s deaths that there were searches under Snyder’s Google account including, “carbon monoxide in a car how long to die” and “hanging yourself.” On the day of the children’s deaths, there was also a search for “does a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide while idling.”
An occupational therapist who worked with the boy questioned his ability to stand on a chair to string the dog lead. According to her, he would bump into desks and chairs just walking in the classroom.