NEW YORK, N.Y. – A mother and her two young children were found dead inside their New York City home just hours after the children’s father was picked up by NYPD officers, according to a report from ABC News.
Authorities at the NYPD confirmed that the suspected father of the children was picked up by police while aimlessly wandering along the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway just before 8 a.m. on Saturday. They said that the 36-year-old man was transported to a local hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, dispatchers received an emergency 911 call about an assault in progress at a Staten Island home. NYPD Assistant Chief Kenneth Corey said that when officers arrived, the home was filled with smoke and the bodies of the 36-year-old mother and her children, ages 3 and 2, were discovered by firefighters after their extinguished the small fire.
According to an initial report from WABC, the mother’s body was lying face down on a bed when authorities discovered her. The mom suffered trauma to the head, a source reportedly told NBC 4 New York.
Firefighter crews worked together to extinguish the flames inside the apartment, eventually allowing officers to get inside, where they discovered the bodies of the three victims.
The identity of the woman has not yet been released by authorities. According to reports, she was an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force. The 911 call was placed by one of her coworkers, according to the station.
The father of the children was also reportedly a member of the military and was described as a “nice guy” by his neighbors. WABC also reported that police had been called to the home once before for a domestic dispute. The man has not been formally arrested or charged with a crime, but authorities say that he is a person of interest in the investigation.
The case is now being investigated and treated as a homicide. The city’s Medical Examiner will determine how the woman and her children died.
This story is developing. Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you new updates as more information becomes available to the public.