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Conner Snyder, 8, & sister Brinley, 4, dead by hanging. Is this a crime?

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by noZme, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I ran across this case on Facebook.

    Albany Township PA 9/23/2019
    Children found unconscious hanging from basement rafters

    Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 4 — were unresponsive when discovered by their mother, Lisa Rachelle Snyder, 36, but were revived on their way to the hospital, say state police in Hamburg. They were placed on life support and pronounced dead three days later in Lehigh Valley Hospital.

    The children were found hanging from opposite ends of a plastic coated dog lead that had been wrapped around the main support beam of the basement ceiling, according to an affidavit in support of a search warrant. Each end of the wire lead was wrapped around the victims' necks, the affidavit says.

    Two chairs that had been taken from the house's dining room were tipped over on the floor on either side of the bodies, court papers say.

    The victims were in full cardiac arrest before being revived en route to the hospital. They were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit on full life support. Three days later, on Sept. 26, the children were removed from life support. They were pronounced dead 14 minutes apart.

    Lisa Snyder and her 17-year-old son, who was living in the house, told troopers that Conner Snyder frequently played video games and would surf the internet using an XBox gaming console. Police seized the console, cellphones, two tablets and a laptop computer, according to court papers.


    Two state agencies and the Berks DA's office hope to find avenues of investigation in a "head-scratcher" of a case

    Affidavit:Investigators served a search warrant for criminal homicide and confiscated an Xbox from the home.-0erks County siblings were found hanging in basement before they died

    Officials said the two were receiving general protective services from welfare officials.

    Investigators served a search warrant for criminal homicide and confiscated an Xbox from the home.


    HAMBURG, Pa. - While law enforcement authorities remain tight-lipped regarding their investigation, court documents obtained by 69 News are shedding some new light on the case.

    The documents are applications for four separate search warrants and their respective affidavits of probable cause related to the deaths of 8-year-old Conner Snyder and his 4-year-old sister, Brinley. The other warrants sought trace evidence, including fingerprints and DNA; and electronic communication devices, including computers, tablets, and cell phones.



    UPDATE: Family dog ‘given away’ after 2 children die with dog leash line around their necks

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  2. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Anyone / everyone
    jump in here with what you can find. I haven't gotten deep enough into reading to know why the xbox was of such importance, whether the 17 year old was at home at the time of the hangings or why finding the dog is a big deal.
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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in deaths of children found hanged in home, Googled ‘hanging yourself,’ officials say

    Authorities say the mother of two Berks County children found hanged in the basement of their home in September is being charged with their killings and conducted several internet searches about murder methods.

    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.

    A news conference is planned for 2 p.m. at the Berks County Courthouse.

    The deaths of Conner and Brinley were investigated by the Lehigh County Coroner’s office. In a news release issued Monday after Lisa Snyder’s arrests, coroner Eric Minnich said both children died from hanging and their deaths were ruled homicides. He declined to comment on any additional testing completed, citing the ongoing investigation.

    According to court records detailing Snyder’s arrest:

    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 also searched for “how long to die” from carbon monoxide and several searches for “almost got away with it,” a reference to a true crime television series on Investigation Discovery.

    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 also told investigators that her son suffered from a speech delay is “a little slower to grasp things and kids make fun of him because he was fat.” She said when she talked to Conner about his problems, he allegedly told her that “I woulda killed myself already, but I am scared to go myself.”

    A person only referred to as “witness 3” who lived at the Snyder home told police that it was not normal for Conner and Brinley to play in the basement and they would often play in the living room. That witness also told police the Conner never mentioned being bullied. Several other unnamed family members also told police that Conner “never expressed he was bullied or suicidal.”

    Snyder told police Conner was being bullied while riding the bus to school, but investigators said a review of bus security cameras showed Conner with “no signs of distress.”

    MORE: https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking...0191202-n3awtpbfgjaqtoh3lk4pyqlcjy-story.html
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  4. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Sad case.

    Thanks for the update SheWho.... it was just a matter of time until the "mother" was charged. According to a Facebook group about these children, on the 911 call Snyder inserted the story about Conner wanting to suicide but not go alone. Many red flags since then.
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    noZme Bronze Member

  6. Maus

    Maus Active Member

    Thank you for the updates! I've been waiting for someone to be charged with their murders. It just didn't make sense that they did that to themselves. I was expecting the brother, not the mother, to be charged.
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    Maus Active Member

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  8. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Conner and Brinley Snyder: Happy children who were not bullied, DA says after mom charged in their deaths

    Conner Seth Snyder was a happy child who got along with his classmates and loved to play video games. Brinley Louise Snyder was a preschool student with a brilliant smile, especially when she was standing next to her big brother.

    As the shocking charges against Lisa Snyder came to light Monday, with state police accusing the Berks County mother of killing her two children by hanging them in the basement of her Albany Township home in September, people who knew 8-year-old Conner and 4-year-old Brinley tried to cling to good memories, and prosecutors said there was no evidence that bullying played a role in the victims’ deaths.

    “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.

    “He had the absolute best laugh. His giggle would make the whole class smile and laugh right along with him,” Temchatin said. “His smile would just brighten the room. He was a friend to every single boy and girl in our class.”

    Conner’s math teacher told Temchatin that Conner loved to do the floss dance at every chance he could get. While the teacher was checking his math work, “he was flossing away,” Temchatin said. “He was such a funny, sweet and caring boy.”

    Conner was well-liked in school and had many friends, said Samantha Griffith, a longtime friend of the Snyder family. “It’s heartbreaking thinking about it at all. ... They were children and they were robbed of any life at all.”

    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. On the day the children were found hanged, Snyder, 36, told a 911 dispatcher that her son was bullied and “had made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone,” according to a recording of Berks County 911 dispatches.


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  9. Maus

    Maus Active Member

    What exactly happened? The mother was overwhelmed with looking after her children so she bought a dog leash, put the children on bar stools, put each end of the leash around each child's neck and then kicked out the stools? That is harsh! What an extraordinarily cruel woman.

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