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Deaths of mother, 4 children may be murder-suicide, police say

By Megan Miller and Jesse Solomon, CNN
Police kept the scene covered as the bodies of the victims were brought out on Thursday.
Police kept the scene covered as the bodies of the victims were brought out on Thursday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Mother and children ages 14, 10, 7 and 2 died in the fire
  • At least three of them had cuts on their bodies, police say
  • Police commissioner says the 14-year-old had previously tried to set fires

New York (CNN) -- Police are investigating an early morning fire that left a mother and her four children dead Thursday as a possible murder-suicide, according to Police Commissioner Paul Browne.

Three of the children, ages 14, 10, and 7 were found with lacerations on their bodies, Browne said.

Police are performing an autopsy to determine if the mother, who was in her 30s, also suffered lacerations. The other sibling, a 2-year-old, did not have lacerations, police said.

All victims were found in the living room except the 14-year-old, who was found in a separate room with a straight razor under his body, Browne said.

The 14-year-old had been ejected from a swim club Wednesday for trying to ignite a fire and had started some small fires in the neighborhood last weekend, the police commissioner said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze shortly before 4:30 a.m., the fire department said.

The fire apparently began on the second floor of the multiple-family house and broke through the roof, fire officials said. The other residents of the home escaped uninjured, they said.