Police believe Robert Mangan, 39, killed his daughter Catherine, 4, and son Joseph, 5, before killing himself
Lindsay Mangan found the bodies of her children and estranged husband dead, lying in the same bed in their Little Rock, AR, home Sunday
The couple had recently separated from their troubled marriage
Cause of death has not been released, but officers said there were no obvious signs of trauma on the children
Robert Mangan had been arrested three times since May of last year, most recently, for domestic battery in third degree Aug 5
Little Rock police believe Robert Mangan, [left], killed his two children, Catherine and Joseph [right], before committing suicide in his home in Little Rock, Arkansas, Sunday
A man killed his two young children before killing himself in a double-murder-suicide in his home in Arkansas, police said.
Little Rock police believe Robert Mangan, 39, killed his four-year-old daughter Catherine and five-year-old son Joseph before he took his own life.
The bodies were found Sunday by Mangan’s wife, Linsday Mangan.
Officers were responding to the scene of what they believed was a possible suicide, but when they arrived, they discovered the two children were dead in a bed with their father, police said.
A cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but police said they were no obvious signs of trauma on the children.
All three bodies were taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies to determine causes of death, a police statement said.
Officer Steve Moore said the children’s mother found the bodies.
Police believe Mangan killed his four-year-old daughter Catherine [left] and five-year-old son Joseph (right) before he took his own life, Sunday
The bodies of Robert Mangan [right], and his two children were discovered Sunday by Mangan’s estranged wife Lindsay [left]. Mangan was arrested on August 5 for domestic battery in the third degree
Lindsay discovered the bodies of her husband and two children all in the same bed in their Little Rock, Arkansas, home [photo] on Sunday morning
A cause of death wasn’t immediately released, but police said they were no obvious signs of trauma on either Catherine [left] or her 5-year-old brother Joseph [right]. the children.
Investigators interviewed Lindsay and another person who lives in the residence with the family.
Lindsay told officers that she came home to find Mangan in a bed with their two children and all three were dead.
Mangan was arrested two other times in 2016. Another arrest was for domestic battery in the third degree in May 2016 [left], and once for violation of a protection order in September 2016 [right]. The last arrest was on Aug 5
She also told officers she and Mangan were recently separated and were having trouble.
Arrest records show Mangan had been arrested three times since May of last year.
He was arrested twice for domestic battery in the third degree, once in May 2016 and a second time on August 5 this year.
He was arrested another time in September 2016 for a violation of protection order.
Police are investigating the incident as a double homicide and suicide and the investigation is ongoing.
The deaths come amid a dramatic spike in homicides in Little Rock.
Following the Sunday deaths, Arkansas’ capital city has now seen 45 homicides this year, three more than all of last year.
A downtown Little Rock nightclub was the site of a shooting during a rap concert that left 28 people injured in early July.
The Little Rock Police Department began increasing officer patrols in certain parts of the city Friday in an effort to curb the violence.
Police were responding to the scene of what they believed was a possible suicide, but when they arrived, they discovered the two children were dead in a bed with their father. The bodies of the two children [photo] and their father were taken to the medical examiner’s office for autopsies to determine causes of death
Lindsay seen with her children, told police that she came home to find her husband in a bed with their two children and all three were dead. The recently separated couple were having trouble
Lindsay and Robert Mangan on their wedding day. The couple were recently separated.
Police spokesman Steve McClanahan told The Associated Press Monday that even with police working additional hours, situations like the apparent murder-suicide won’t be prevented.
‘You could have a thousand extra police, and you’ll still have this,’ McClanahan said.
Little Rock is on pace to approach an annual total of homicides not seen since the city’s gang wars of the early 1990s.