This is a tragic story coming from Allentown, Pennsylvania that has investigators worried, confused, and trying to get to the bottom of things.
On September 23rd, Lisa Snyder had found her two of her children, ages 8 and 4, dangling lifeless from a support beam in her basement.
After finding her two children, Conner Snyder and Brinley L. Snyder, Lisa called 911 informing them of the state of her children and had also mentioned that her 8-year-old son was bullied and had “made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone.”
A Broadcastify recording of the Berks County 911 call on the day that Lisa’s found her children hanging by a wire cable confirmed the aforementioned scenario and then state of Lisa’a children. Tehe Berks County District Attorney John Adams said he would not comment on the recording.
The 911 call came in at 4:33 p.m. on September 23rd, to the residence of 2442 Route 143 near Kempton, when a dispatcher categorized the call as a pediatric cardiac arrest with two patients. The children were both found hanging in the basement of the home, the dispatchers said.
On the recording, a fire captain had asked the dispatcher:
“Any indication from the caller if the scene is safe or how these children ended up there?”
To which the dispatcher responded:
“She mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and has made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone. … At this time, it should just be the mother and the two children on scene.”
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A medical helicopter was called to the scene and the children were rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, according to dispatchers on the recording.
The children both died days later in the hospital, passing away 14 minutes apart on September 26th at the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
After her children died on September 26th, Lisa changed her Facebook profile with a photo and the caption stating:
“Words scar, rumors destroy, bullies kill.”
When reached for comment, Lisa Snyder stated:
“At this point, I am not ready to make any public comments.”
The state police have served at least five search warrants following the two deaths. Seizing everything from cellphones, computers and even a video game console.
Oddly, one of the warrants was for a dog which was described as a black, husky-pit bull mix weighing about 50 pounds, but the dog has yet to have been found. Investigators said weighing the dog would help in determining what exactly happened, but didn’t elaborate any further as to why.
Another of the warrants pointed out with regard to the video game console:
“The eight-year-old victim is known to play video games and view various internet websites utilizing the X-Box gaming console.”
Lisa Snyder also has another 17-year-old son, who when Troopers interviewed during their investigation found that Lisa carried multiple cell phones. One of the warrants were made out for those very phones according to reports. Police have not made mention as to whether either of the seized phones were used to make the 911 call on September 23rd.
The Lehigh County coroner’s office has not ruled on the cause or manner of death at this point either. Last week, Coroner Eric Minnich stated that while the autopsy has been completed, there was need for additional forensic testing, a review of medical records and the state police investigation is needed to rule on the overall cause and manner of deaths, which can be ruled as a homicide, accident or suicide.
Conner Snyder, who was in third grade at Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School, is fondly remembered by staff and the community. Superintendent Christian Temchatin stated on the matter:
“The Kutztown Area School District community mourns the sudden death of Conner Snyder. Conner was a beloved member of the Greenwich Elementary School family who enjoyed his peers and teachers. He is dearly missed and is fondly remembered for the smile he brought to all who knew him.”
Erin James, a DHS spokeswoman, had mentioned that they were previously familiar with the Snyder family; however, they did not offer any context according to the following statement:
“Assessment and ongoing case management services were previously provided to the family of Conner and Brinley Snyder through Berks County Children and Youth Services.”
Police have never identified Conner and Brinley’s father. According to reports, friends and neighbors had mentioned that the father was never on the lives of the two children.
On the 12th of October, relatives, friends and members of the community held a balloon launch for what would have been Conner’s 9th birthday. “Catch them, Conner,” many had said as the balloons flew off into the sky.