Mom Arrested in Fatal Gas Poisoning of 2 Bronx Kids

A five-year-old boy and a four-month-old girl were found unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene

By Kat Creag
|  Saturday, Jul 7, 2012  |  Updated 5:58 PM EDT
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A five-year-old boy and a four-month-old girl were found unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene. Katherine Creag reports.

A five-year-old boy and a four-month-old girl were found unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene. Katherine Creag reports.

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The mother of two Bronx children who died from gas poisoning early Friday morning was arrested Saturday and charged with murder.

Responding to reports of a gas leak early Friday morning, police found three people unconscious in an ninth-floor apartment at 1500 Noble Avenue. 

Police identified two of the victims as five-year-old Trevor Noel, Jr. and four-month-old Lillian Noel. Both were found unconscious and pronounced dead on the scene.

The third person, 29-year-old Lisette Bamenga, was also found unconscious with "minor lacerations" to her wrists, police said.  Police sources said she "attempted suicide."

She was taken to Jacobi Hospital, where she is in stable condition. A resident of the apartment complex told NBC 4 New York that he saw a man, whom he described as a relative of the dead children, weeping on the scene.

Neighbors in the Bronx apartment building called the event a "tragedy."

 "I'm trying to understand it because there's children involved," said Vickie Montalbo. 

Bamenga was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder.

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