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Cause of death unclear in death of mom, 2 children


Associated Press Writer

3:31 PM CDT, June 9, 2009


The mother and two children who died in an apparent murder-suicide have been identified.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday the mother is 40-year-old Brigeethamma Shajimon. The children are Alwin Shajimon Thomas, age 10, and Alfred Shajimon Thomas, age 5.

Husband and father Shajimon Thomas called 911 at 5:20 p.m. Monday, saying he found the bodies in the family’s home at Plum Tree Apartments in Delta Township west of Lansing when he came home.

Eaton County Sheriff Mike Raines says the deaths appear to be a homicide-suicide.

Autopsies were completed at Lansing’s Sparrow Hospital, but the cause of death cannot be determined until toxicology reports have been completed. That could take several weeks.

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