NEW YORK — The deaths of a mother and four children in a torched New York City apartment were being investigated yesterday as a possible murder-suicide committed by one of the children, a troubled teenager with a history of setting fires, police said.
Two young girls whose badly burned bodies were found in a front room of the apartment along with their mother and 2-year-old brother had slit throats, New York Police spokesman Paul Browne said.
The body of an older brother, 14-year-old C.J. Jones, was found slumped over a bed in a back bedroom, his throat also slit. A straight razor was discovered underneath his body, Browne said.
Police were investigating the possibility that the teen may have killed his mother and siblings — ages 2 to 10 — set the house ablaze, and killed himself, Browne said.