EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) â€” Police have not arrested, charged, or even identified the mother of two children found dead in an East Haven home as a suspect in their suspicious deaths, but the News 8 Investigators have dug into her past. Sheâ€™s facing charges of assault and breach of peace. Court papers say she hit the father right in front of their young children.
â€œThree times with a clenched fist to his forehead area, leaving visible scratch marks, which I observed,â€ the officer said in a report.
â€œBoth children were present in his vehicle at the time of the altercation and witnessed said incident,â€ the report continues.
Court documents also show the father had taken out a restraining order against the mother in April. A search of criminal history shows she was convicted of risk of injury to a minor back in 2006.
â€œI am completely shocked and heartbroken,â€ said neighbor Danielle Carrano. â€œI canâ€™t imagine what those children were feeling or dealing with.â€
Neighbors gathered in front of 541 Strong Street in East Haven Wednesday to light candles and reflect on the lives of a five-year-old and seven-year-old cut tragically short.
â€œToday is such a beautiful day, they wouldâ€™ve been playing outside right now,â€ said Cassandra Parillo, who lives across the street from the house. â€œThat is what they would do, when it was nice out theyâ€™d go play. I tâ€™s really sad.â€
Police carried electronics and large evidence bags from the house Wednesday night as children and locals placed flowers at a makeshift memorial out front.
â€œI canâ€™t wrap my mind around it, I still canâ€™t,â€ said Parillo. â€œItâ€™s been a day and still it doesnâ€™t feel real. Itâ€™s surreal.â€
The mother is still in the hospital recovering from wounds to her hands and wrists. Though sheâ€™s not been charged, arrested, or even named a suspect in the suspicious deaths, police say there is an officer stationed with her at the hospital.
Authorities have not officially released the identities of the mother or two children.