Tuesday, 14 Jul 2020

Mom who ‘hanged her kids, 8 and 4, and claimed it was suicide’ Googled ‘I almost got away with it’ – The Sun

A MOM who allegedly hanged her kids and said it was suicide Googled "how to get away with it" days before the alleged murders, police say.

Prosecutors revealed Lisa Rachelle Snyder's disturbing internet history in court this week where she faced multiple charges relating to their deaths.

The District Attorney's office will determine whether to seek the death penalty after Snyder allegedly hanged her kids with a dog leash, reports say.

The Morning Call states that Snyder, 36, conducted damning Google searches before Conner, 8, and Brinley, 4, were found unresponsive in Pennsylvania.

In a shocking twist, Snyder is also accused of having sex with her dog in the weeks before their murders.

She claimed that her eight-year-old son was responsible for a murder-suicide when she called 911 to report their deaths.

But according to court records, Snyder typed “carbon monoxide in a car how long to die” in the search bar before they died.

She also allegedly searched “almost got away with it” and “I almost got away with it best episodes."

carbon monoxide in a car how long to die

Snyder looked up “hanging yourself” and visited a website that detailed ways to hang people, reports say.

Her children were found in the basement of her home – hanging from a support beam three feet apart, next to two upturned chairs – on Sept. 23.

That day, Snyder had searched  “does a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide" and “does a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide while idling."

Snyder claimed that she found her children hanging in the basement and was unable to lift them up before calling emergency services, states the affidavit.

According to audio obtained by The Morning Call, Snyder claimed Conner killed his sister before taking his own life as a result of bullying.

"She mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and has made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone," the dispatcher said.

"At this time, it should just be the mother and the two children on scene.”

Prosecutors allege that Snyder didn't go back to the basement after placing the call.

Little Conner and Brinley were rushed to hospital by emergency services where they died three days later.

Berks County District Attorney John Adams said she bought the dog lead from a local Walmart on the day of the hangings.

The National reports that Snyder told investigators that Conner was responsible for the tragedy.

“He doesn’t say much because he knows that I will call the school,” Ms Snyder told cops.

“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 (11kg) since school has started because he was starving himself.”

Although she claims the kids died as a result of suicide, authorities say there's no evidence to support this.

They said the boy didn't show any signs of distress on bus security footage taken the day the children were found.

She mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and has made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone.

The affidavit states that school officials and family members interviewed by cops said Conner wasn't suicidal.

Adams said that "eight-year-olds, generally, that I am aware of, do not commit suicide."

He claimed that Berks County Children and Youth previously removed Conner and an older sibling from Snyder.

But the kids were later returned to her care, Adams said.

“A mother of children who are found hanging would make every effort possible to save them," he said.

“That was not done in this situation," the DA told attendees during a press conference on Monday.

Snyder was charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, and evidence tampering.

She also stands accused of endangering the welfare of children and an additional charge of animal cruelty.

Cops allegedly found sexually explicit messages showing Synder engaging in sex acts with a black and white dog, according to the affidavit.

Snyder remains in custody without bond.

If found guilty of the litany of charges, Synder could face the death penalty if the prosecution pursues it.

The death penalty is legal in 29 US states, but four states – including Pennsylvania – have a moratorium on executions.

Since capital punished was reinstated in this state, only three people have been executed, the last being in 1999.

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