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House fire investigated as murder-suicide

Associated Press / July 23, 2010

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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.

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