THE mom of two kids found hanged from a dog leash in the basement of their home has been charged with their murders.
Lisa Snyder, 36, stands accused of having sex with her dog in the weeks before killing eight-year-old Conner and his four-year-old sister Brinley.
Police say the mum staged the deaths of her kids at their home in Albany Township, Pennsylvania, to look like suicide.
On the day they were found hanging, Snyder called 911 and claimed her "bullied" son "had made threats of doing this but didn't want to go alone”.
The siblings died in hospital three days after they were found unresponsive and hanging from the same dog leash, reports claim.
The cord was wrapped around the main support beam of the basement and two chairs were overturned nearby, according to the reports.
Snyder allegedly picked up the dog leash from a nearby Walmart on the day of the hangings, Berks County District Attorney John Adams said.
Police allegedly found three sexually explicit photos of Snyder engaging in various sex acts with a black and white dog in the weeks before her kids' death, according to the affidavit.
Snyder told cops she owned the dog, which was a black pit bull mixed dog weighing 50 pounds, but she said she had given the dog away.
She has been charged with first and third-degree murder, child endangerment and evidence-tampering in the deaths.
In addition to this, Snyder has been charged with animal cruelty, including intercourse with an animal.
Police said Snyder was linked to internet searches for episodes of a documentary series on crime called I Almost Got Away With It.
The day before the bodies were found the account was used to search methods of hanging, authorities said.
On the day the bodies were found, a search was made on whether an idling hybrid car would produce carbon monoxide, authorities said.
Lehigh County Coroner's office said Monday that both children were killed by hanging and ruled the deaths homicides.
Snyder has claimed the children killed themselves, but Mr Adams said authorities were suspicious about the case from the beginning.
“Eight-year-olds, generally, that I am aware of, do not commit suicide, so of course we had questions,” Mr Adams said.
Snyder had claimed the boy was bullied, but authorities said there was no evidence of that.
They said the boy showed no sign of distress on bus security video on the day the children were found.
"To have two children taken at such a young age, and what appears to be two very innocent young children, it's just not right," Mr Adams said.
Snyder remains in custody without bond; she said nothing to reporters as she was escorted from a state police barracks.
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