EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two children, a five-year-old boy and seven-year-old girl, were found dead in an East Haven home filled with natural gas Tuesday afternoon, officials say.
Police say officers were called to 541 Strong Street for a report of a gas leak around 2:40 p.m., when they found the two children dead, and their 36-year-old mother suffering injuries to her wrists and arms. They say the children had been dead inside the home for at least 24 hours. None of their identities have been released and it’s still unclear who called police.
The mother was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, according to authorities. Three police officers were also taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non life-threatening injuries for gas inhalation, officials say. They say two of those officers have been released from the hospital and the third should be released soon.
East Haven police are continuing to investigate the incident with help from state police, the medical examiner, and other agencies.
“The gas officials came and turned it off,” said East Haven Police Chief Brent Larrabee. “At this point we don’t know if it was a leak or a breakage, but I would say from observation it was probably turned on.”
Right now, the chief says no charges will be filed, but the deaths are suspicious. Counselors are checking on the officers because of the age of the victims and the horrific nature of their deaths.
“The severity of what happened in the tragedy to the children being deceased sets in,” said Chief Larrabee. “It comes after the event, after you’ve done all of the work because you’re busy, then you start to think about it. That’s when we are the most concerned.”
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the East Haven Police Detective Division at 203-468-3827.