Connecticut mother strangles her 3 children, hangs herself, police say

A Connecticut mother is believed to have strangled her three children before hanging herself.  It happened Wednesday in Danbury.

A man police described as distressed, called officers to the Whaley St. home around 6:30 p.m.

When police arrived they found the bodies of Jonael Panjon, 5, Joselyn Panjon, 10, and Junior Panjon, 12, in the home.

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Police then found the body of 36-year-old Sonia Loja in a shed outside the home.

Officials say that pending an official autopsy, preliminary findings indicate that Loja strangled her three children before killing herself.

A coordinated effort was underway to provide services to the family and friends of the deceased. As this is also an emotionally damaging incident for first responders, services have been extended to public safety personnel who responded to the scene.

Autopsies of the four were scheduled for Thursday.

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