A Connecticut woman is suspected of strangling her three children to death, including one as young as five years old, before authorities found her dead, hanging inside a shed outside her suburban home, police announced Thursday.
The City of Danbury Police Department confirmed the identities of the deceased as Sonja Loja, 36, and her three children: Junior Panjon, 12, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Jonael Panjon, 5.
“The children all appear to have died by strangulation, and the mother’s suspected cause of death is asphyxia by hanging,” Danbury Police Department’s Detective Captain Mark Williams said in a statement. “Pending an official autopsy, preliminary findings indicate that Ms. Loja strangled her three children before killing herself.”
“However, this is still an active investigation,” Williams added.