Recordings of 911 dispatchers are adding more mystery to the case police investigating the deaths of 8-year-old boy, Connor Snyder, and his 4-year-old sister, Brinley Synder, on Sept. 23, 2019, in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
CrimeOnline reported on Oct. 16 that a Broadcastify recording of Berks County 911 dispatches on Sept. 23 provided new details into the children’s deaths.
Lisa R. Snyder told a 911 dispatcher at around 4:33 p.m, minutes after finding her two children hanging from a support beam in their basement that her 8-year-old son on Sept. 23 was bullied and had “made threats of doing this, but didn’t want to go alone,” the tapes revealed.
“Any indication from the caller if the scene is safe or how these children ended up there?” a fire captain asked the dispatcher.
“She mentioned that the 8-year-old has been bullied and he had 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,” the dispatcher said.
“Two cardiac arrests, pediatric,” the dispatcher said in a 911 call.
According to dispatchers on the recording, a medical helicopter was called to the scene and the children were rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest but died three days later.
State police served at least five search warrants, seizing cellphones, computers, and a gaming console. One warrant, on Oct. 2, was specifically for a dog, a black husky-pit bull mix weighing 50 pounds, that had not been found as of last week. Investigators said weighing the dog would help in reconstructing what happened but they would not say why.
Snyder’s 17-year-old son surprised police by telling them that she had multiple phones. Investigators then retrieved two more cellphones from her, according to the warrant made public Thursday. They did not say if either of the phones was used by Lisa Snyder to make the 911 call on Sept. 23.
No trespassing signs are posted on the lawn of Snyder’s Albany Township home. There was no sign Thursday of the 36-year-old mother, Fox 2 Detroit reported.
The Berks County District Attorney is refusing to comment on the investigation.
Prosecutor John Adams said he would not comment on the 911 recording. Snyder also said she was ‘not ready to make any comments,’ but changed per Facebook profile picture to a photo with the phrase, ‘Words scar, rumors destroy, bullies kill,’ Metro News reported.
The Lehigh County coroner’s office has not ruled on the cause or manner of death.
Conner was in third grade at Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School. School officials last week declined to comment on the allegations made in the 911 recording that Conner had been bullied, The Morning Call reported.
“Connor was a beloved member of the Greenwich Elementary School Community, who enjoyed his peers and teachers. He’s dearly missed, fondly remembered for the smile that he brought on his face and he brought to the people he encountered every day,” Superintendent of Schools Christian Tempchatin said.
Police never identified Conner and Brinley’s father. According to some of Snyder’s friends and relatives, he was not involved in the children’s lives.
The investigation is ongoing in the case.
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