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East Haven mother charged with murder of her 2 children

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LeRoya Moore was charged with murder in connection with the death of her two children. (East Haven Police Department) LeRoya Moore was charged with murder in connection with the death of her two children. (East Haven Police Department)

A mother whose two children were found dead in an East Haven home earlier this month has been charged with murder on Wednesday.  

On June 2, police received a frantic 911 call from a friend of LeRoya Moore that she "was going to kill herself," and had locked herself inside her home at 541 Strong St. 

Upon arrival, officers noticed a strong smell of natural gas. The officers found the children's 36-year-old mother outside the residence with "apparent injuries to her arm."

Inside the home, they said they found the bodies of a 5-year-old Aleisha Moore and her 7-year-old brother Daaron Moore. Investigators said they believe the bodies had been in the home for at least 24 hours.

The brother and sister were found lying on a blanket inside of their home, which had a strong smell of natural gas.

Police said it's unclear how or why there was a gas leak. However, three officers were rushed to Yale-New Haven Hospital because they had to be treated for exposure to gas.

At first, the deaths of the two children were treated as suspicious. Following their investigation, police charged Moore with two counts of murder and three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. 

According to the arrest warrant, when the officer asked Moore where the children were, she said "I stabbed them, I released them."

While walking through the house, officers found a note near the children's feet, allegedly signed by LeRoya Moore.

The letter said, in part, "I'm sure there's an expert somewhere that will say the children suffered, but I let them know they were very much loved and they were going to heaven."

It went on to say "I'm numb and if I burn for eternity, at least I'll know why I deserve it...I couldn't leave anymore of my kids to the system."

Autopsies were performed on the bodies of the children, however the chief medical examiner said the exact cause of death is still pending further studies.

The autopsy ruled the children did not die from stab wounds, however they did notice prescription pills and sleeping medication inside of the home, and officials are awaiting toxicology results.

Moore, who was recently released from a hospital, is being held on a $2 million bond and appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon.

The alleged note about not leaving anymore children to the system is because Moore does have a criminal record, including risk of injury in which her three oldest children were removed from her in 2006.

The arrest warrant said the note also stated "They got to do all of the things they wanted to do before they died today. They ate their favorite things. They had ice cream and they wanted to paint their nails so we got nail polish."

It also said "There's no more pain...they left this world as innocent as they were when they came into it...I'm done. There's nothing else to say and no further explanation to give."

She also allegedly wrote in the letter "I asked God to stop me if I was making a mistake. I asked (him) to show me I was wrong and save them."

Moore also reportedly said in the letter she and her children "said the Lord's Prayer to protect their souls. I know this was meant to end the way it did."

The arrest of Moore comes after an investigation by the East Haven Police Department, who received assistance from the Connecticut State Police Major Crime Unit. 

“I continue to send my sincere sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of the victims. I would also like to extend my deep appreciation to the East Haven Police Department, particularly the Detective Bureau with the assistance of the States Attorney's Office, the Office of the Medical Examiner and the Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit, for their diligence and hard work," East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Neighbors and family have placed a memorial in front of the place the children once called a home.

"It's not right. Come on. They're defenseless," said neighbor Ronald Maturo.

"One day she'll have to face our Lord and that's her judgement day," said neighbor Lisa Criscuolo. "This is disturbing being so close to home. I have a 2-and-half-year-old niece and I couldn't imagine someone hurting her the way the way she hurt these children."

Criscuolo added that "a couple of our neighbors did see them on Saturday and they were playing in the yard and they were just being kids. Very well mannered. Very well behaved."

The children's father, Michael Moore, had "no comment" about his ex-wife when he previously talked with Eyewitness News. Dozens attended a vigil held for the two children. 

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News reached out to Michael Moore, but he declined to comment on the arrest. 

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