Mom charged in Berks County child hanging deaths: Here’s what we know

Clay Curtis
December 3, 2019

According to Lehigh Valley Live she is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, third-degree murder and child endangerment and one count of sexual intercourse with an animal, tampering with evidence and animal cruelty.

Her children, Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley Conner, 4, were found unconscious at home on September 23 and flown to a hospital.

Adams also said that an occupational therapist who was working with Conner at the time said he doubted the boy would have been able to commit the murder-suicide, noting he lacked the dexterity to operate the dog lead's clasp. "In the area of the victims were two wooden, bar height dining room chairs, knocked down on their sides".

Snyder allegedly Googled a variety of terms around death in the week before the deaths, among them, "carbon monoxide in auto how long to die", reports the Reading Eagle.

Adams said that evidence and Snyder's behavior contradicted her account of what led up to the tragedy.

Four search warrants were executed at the home, where Snyder's teenage son is also a resident.

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In audio obtained by the Morning Call of Allentown, dispatchers alert police to a 911 call from the mother of 8-year-old Conner Snyder and Brinley Snyder, 4. However, Adams said the boy appeared to be "a happy child" in video of him getting off a school bus just before his mother called police.

The paper, citing court documents, reported that authorities said the children's deaths happened a day after Snyder searched "hanging yourself" on Google and visited a website detailing an effective way of hanging a person.

Adams said Snyder's husband, the children's father, "was not in the picture".

It is not clear how Snyder allegedly got her children in the position they were later found in. "This was a very emotional investigation for all of those involved".

"Two children's lives were lost here", Adams said. Adams said Snyder's children were placed under the care of Berks County Children and Youth Services in 2014 but were returned to her in February 2015.

Investigators in October said Lisa Snyder described finding them in the basement hanging by a cord, possibly a dog leash, from the rafters.

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