Pennsylvania Mother Charged With Hanging Of Two Small Children And Sexual Acts With Dog [Video]
A Pennsylvania mother is facing a slue of charges after police say evidence shows that she hung her two small children. The mother also gave the 911 dispatcher and explanation as to why the children may have hung themselves but police would determine her reasoning was impossible.
I have to warn you, the details of this report are disturbing. Proceed with caution.
In the weeks before her two children were found hanging in the basement of her Berks County home, Lisa Snyder told a friend that she was depressed and “didn’t care about her kids,” an investigation showed, The Morning Call reported.
Court records show Snyder, 36, searched the internet for information about death by hanging and carbon monoxide poisoning, and perused true crime television shows about getting away with murder. One day before the hanging, Snyder ordered the dog lead that was found wrapped around the necks of Conner and Brinley Snyder.
Lisa Snyder picked the lead up the next morning from the Hamburg Walmart, police said, hours before the children were found.
After more than two months of investigation, authorities on Monday charged Snyder with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, tampering with evidence, endangering the welfare of children, animal cruelty and sexual intercourse with a dog.
The dog-related charges stem from sexually explicit photos of Snyder with
the family dog that were uncovered during the investigation and are not related to the homicide charges, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said.
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.
Adams said interviews with Conner’s classmates and teachers, as well as a video of him getting off the bus shortly before Snyder called 911 to report finding the children hanging, told a different story.
According to court records Conner and Brinley were “hanging approximately three feet apart from a single wired cable with plastic coating,” Fox 32 reported.
Investigators said the dog leash was purchased that morning and was wrapped around the main support beam in the basement and two dining room chairs were knocked over next to the children, according to the station.
The station quoted authorities as saying that a person who lived in Snyder's house rejected the notion that Conner was suicidal or had been bullied.
Additionally, the station reported that officials said they spoke to numerous school officials, family members and classmates and found no evidence of bullying.