THE bodies of a five-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sister were discovered in their gas-filled home in East Haven, Connecticut, following an emergency call on Tuesday.
The mother of the siblings was in the house, with injuries to her arms, reported authorities.
Thus far, authorities are treating the deaths as suspicious. According to police, it appears the children had been dead inside the house for at least 24 hours prior to being found.
Local Police Chief Brent Larrabee said the children’s mother, who has since been taken to hospital, had not been questioned by investigators.
Police believe the gas may have been deliberately turned on but added that it was unclear if a leak or breakage had caused the fatal events.
“I would say from observation it was probably turned on,” Larrabee told NBC Connecticut
The New Haven Register cited that it was too early to say if any charges would be filed yet.
The mother was treated for gas inhalation, and the injuries on her arms. Police did not specify what those injuries were.
Following the incident, police notified the children’s father, who was said to be “devastated” by the news.