Police: Deaths Of Two Children In East Haven ‘Suspicious’ – Hartford Courant

EAST HAVEN — Two children were found dead Tuesday inside a home on Strong Street that smelled strongly of gas, and police are calling the deaths “suspicious.”

Officers responded to 541 Strong St. about 2:40 p.m. and found a 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl dead. The children’s mother, 36, was injured and despondent, police said. None of them were identified.

Officials did not disclose the cause of death for the children, who they said likely had been inside the house for at least 24 hours.

Police say they believe the gas was deliberately turned.

Carolyn Parillo, who lives next door to the home on Strong Street, said the woman and children had not been living there long and weren’t often seen at the home.

“They really weren’t around much … You didn’t really see them around,” said Parillo said, who has been living on the street for many years and described it as quiet.

She said she believed the two children did not go to school locally. Parillo, who has a 10-year-old daughter, said the two children didn’t ride the bus with her daughter.

Parillo said she left her home briefly before 3 p.m. and by the time she returned there were dozens of officers on the street.

Parillo’s brother-in-law Joe Parillo, who lives nearby on View Street, said the last time he saw the mother and two children was on Saturday. He said he waved to them and said hello, which he believed was the most interaction any neighbors had with the family.

Joe Parillo, who has lived in the neighborhood for many years, said the family moved in last August. He said there was a man around but he hadn’t seen him since the winter started. He said the woman and children kept to themselves.

“The kids always seemed happy, playing in the yard,” Joe Parillo said.

Joe Criscuolo, who lives nearby on Strong Street, said he’s only seen the woman twice since she moved in. The first time was over the winter following a snowstorm, he said, when he saw her shoveling the driveway. He said the last time he saw her was on Saturday, this time cutting the grass.

“Two innocent kids … it’s a tragedy,” Criscuolo said as he looked at the house from a neighbor’s lawn.

“I’ve been here 23 years and this is our first tragedy,” he said. “We don’t have any trouble here.”

Members of the state police major crimes unit were going through the two-story yellow house Tuesday evening.

A half dozen East Haven police cars lined both Strong and View streets into Tuesday evening. Some neighbors stood on their lawns nearby, watching the investigators work.

Three officers who responded to the house were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital for treatment of gas exposure. The woman, who was not identified, was also taken to the hospital for treatment for gas exposure and injuries to her arm, officials said.

None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening, officials said.

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