In the days before her two young children were found hanging by a dog lead wrapped around a support beam in the basement of her Albany Township home, Lisa R. Snyder had used Google to search for information related to suicide and murder.

On Sept. 17 she typed "carbon monoxide in a car how long to die" into the search bar, according to court records available Monday. On Sept. 20 she looked up "almost got away with it" and "I almost got away with it best episodes."

Two days later she searched for "hanging yourself" and visited a website that describes an effective way of hanging someone.

And on Sept. 23, the day Conner Snyder, 8, and Brinley L. Snyder, 4, were found hanging, unresponsive, she Googled "does a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide" and "does a hybrid car produce carbon monoxide while idling."

Conner and Brinley died three days later in Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown.

On Monday, Dec. 1, it was announced their mother has been charged with their murders.

Court documents filed Monday show that Snyder, 36, of the 2400 block of Route 143, has been charged with nine offenses. She faces two counts each of first- and third-degree murder, and endangering the welfare of children, and one count each of having sexual intercourse with an animal, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and cruelty to animals.

Snyder was committed to Berks County Prison without bail following arraignment Monday morning before District Judge Kim L. Bagenstose in Hamburg.

The affidavit of probable cause details a tragic story that, through the initial words and actions of Snyder, appeared to be of a young boy so shaken by constant bullying that he killed himself, taking his little sister with him. But with Snyder's arrest, the tale the mother of three was telling appears to be fiction.

According to court documents:

At about 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 Snyder called 9-1-1, reporting that Conner and Brinley were found hanging, unresponsive, in the basement of her home. Two emergency medical technicians from Kempton Fire Department arrived about 10 minutes later and saw the children hanging about 3 feet apart from each other, a wire cable dog lead with vinyl coating wrapped around each of their necks.

The lead was also wrapped around the main support beam in the basement. Two wooden, bar-height dinning room chairs were below the children, knocked over on their sides.

Conner and Brinley were rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital by ambulance. They had been resuscitated on the way there and, once at the hospital, were placed on life support in the pediatric intensive care unit. Both were pronounced dead by the Lehigh County coroner's office on Sept. 26.

Snyder was interviewed twice by members of the state police criminal investigations unit at Hamburg. She told investigators that Conner had been bullied and that he had told her several times that he wanted to die.

Snyder said she didn't know the exact details of the bullying, but indicated it was because of his weight and struggles in schools.

"He doesn't say much because he knows that I will call the school," Snyder told investigators. "He is overweight, has a speech delay, he needs the extra help, a little slower to grasp things, kids make fun of him because he's fat. He has lost 25 pounds since school has started because he was starving himself."

Snyder told investigators that her son had been bullied since first grade, and that when he comes home "he's just angry."

Things had gotten so bad, Snyder said, that he had tried to kill himself. She told investigators that she had spoken to him about it the previous week.

"And I told him, 'Honey, if you ever feel like hurting yourself please come to me,' " she told investigators. "He did say to me when we were talking, 'I woulda killed myself already, but I am scared to go by myself.' "

Snyder said she thought that's why Conner had Brinley with him, so that they could go together.

On the day of the hanging, Conner had come home from school and, after being unable to find the charger for his laptop computer, decided he wanted to go down to the basement and build a fort with his sister, Snyder said. Conner asked if he could use two of the kitchen chairs in the fort, and also asked to use a brand-new dog lead Snyder had bought earlier that day, she added.

Conner carried both of the heavy chairs downstairs by himself, Snyder said. It was pretty common for Conner and Brinley to play in the basement, she said.

Snyder told investigators she went outside to let her dog out and to have a cigarette. When she came back in about 10 minutes later, she headed to the basement to ask her kids if they wanted frozen pizza or Chef Boyardee for dinner.

She said that's when she found Conner and Brinley hanging from the beam. She said she tried to lift Brinley and remove the dog lead, but she was sweating profusely from anxiety and couldn't. She then tried to lift Conner, but couldn't.

Snyder told investigators she then ran upstairs to call 9-1-1.

Investigators almost immediately began finding holes in Snyder's story.

When they spoke to someone else who lived in the house, he said the kids never played in the basement, recalling only one time they went down there. That was on Christmas to ride their new scooters.

When they built forts, he told investigators, they did so with couch cushions and chairs in the living room.

He also told investigators that Conner had never mentioned being bullied at school.

Another witness told investigators that Snyder sent her a text message saying Conner was being bullied and was suicidal. She asked the witness to pick him up from school.

The witness did, but said Conner didn't seem distressed when she arrived. He was laughing and sitting with his friends, the witness said, and didn't mention anything about being bullied.

The witness also told investigators that about three weeks before the kids were found hanged, Snyder had come to her house and told her that she is depressed and can't get out of bed. She said Snyder said she does not care anymore about her kids.

Investigators also spoke to officials from the Kutztown School District, where Conner attended school. They found that Conner had below average visual motor skills and perceptual vision.

Because of that, a district official told investigators, it would be difficult for Conner to operate the clasp on the dog lead and to wrap it so evenly around the support beam. He also would have had trouble keeping his balance while standing on a chair.

Several school officials were asked about Snyder's claims that Conner was being bullied. None told investigators that they were aware of any bullying.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized several phones and other electronic devices. Snyder did not provide all the devices during the initial stages of the investigation, and further search warrants had to be obtained.

Investigators also obtained a search warrant for Google and Facebook records associated with Snyder's email account. That's where they discovered the Google searches related to suicide and murder.

They also found explicit Facebook messages discussing and sharing photos of Snyder's dog performing sexual acts on her.

In two of the final messages, sent four days before the hangings, she tells the person to whom she had been sending the explicit messages that "You'll hopefully see Sunday" before lamenting in a second message that she's having trouble finding a baby sitter.

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