Police in Maryland are treating the deaths of the Guyanese mother and her two infant children, who were found dead in a car in front of a US middle school on Monday, as a possible murder-suicide.
The Hagerstown Police Department have ruled out the possibility that the 32-year-old woman and her daughters, six months and 18 months old, were killed by someone else, a report on the WBFF Fox45 website said.
The article went on to say that investigators hope that toxicology tests, which could take weeks, will show whether the woman deliberately killed herself and her children or if they died accidentally in the closed vehicle.
On the day of the discoveries, Maryland had recorded a temperature of nearly 90 degrees.
Captain Paul Kifer of the Hagerstown Police Department is reported as saying that the bodies bore no signs of trauma and that no dangerous objects, which might have killed the trio, were discovered.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Kifer said, “We have to treat it as if it’s the most extreme case.” He added, “We treat all undetermined deaths that way.”
Meanwhile, the police department refuses to release the identity of the dead until immediate family, possibly in Guyana, had been contacted about the deaths.
The bodies were reportedly spotted in a car by an employee of the school late Monday afternoon. The car’s ignition was off and the windows were up.
Neither the woman nor her children have known connections to the school, which is around three miles from their rented home in the East End, Kifer had told the Associated Press.
The father of the children is said to reside in Hagerstown. However, he did not share a marital relationship with the girls’ mother. The woman reportedly moved from West Virginia to Hagerstown recently.
The woman, who had been an employee at Walmart’s at the time of her death, moved to the United States sometime in 2006 or 2007, the Washington Post further said.