Autopsy due on two children found dead in freezer in Detroit

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Posted: Mar 25, 2015 2:15 PM

By Serena Maria Daniels

DETROIT (Reuters) - Autopsies are to be performed on Thursday to determine the cause of death of two children found in a freezer in an apartment in Detroit, a spokesman for the county medical examiner's officer said on Wednesday.

Officials were not yet able to positively identify the children, an 11-year-old boy and 15-year-old girl, because of the condition of the bodies, said Ryan Bridges, spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office.

The bodies were found on Tuesday and their mother was arrested as part of a homicide investigation, police said.

Officials were not releasing the name and age of the mother, who remains in custody but has not been charged because prosecutors do not know the how the children died.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig asked the media on Wednesday to protect the identities of the mother's two other minor children. Craig declined to confirm media reports that the mother confessed to killing the two children found in the freezer.

The bodies were found when a court officer and her crew were carrying out an eviction at the mother's apartment. Police tracked down the mother at another apartment in the complex.

(Writing by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Leslie Adler)