Police: Mother Possibly Wrote Note in S.I. Deadly Fire

Monday, Jul 26, 2010  |  Updated 11:33 AM EDT
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Police: Mother Possibly Wrote Note in S.I. Deadly Fire

NY Daily News

C.J. Jones, 14, (top left) his siblings Brittany, 9, Jermaine, 2, and Melanie, 7.

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Police believe a mother who died in a suspected murder-suicide and arson in her Staten Island home penned a badly charred, fragmented note with the words "am sorry.''

Investigators also say that Leisha Jones apparently had ingested some type of drug.  A probe into what kind of drug is ongoing.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said a note found at the scene saying "am sorry" matched handwriting in a diary also found in the apartment. He said police believe both were written by Leisa Jones.

"We believe that the badly charred note and diary found in the wreckage of the fire were written by the same person - the mother," top NYPD spokesman Paul Browne

Investigators have described Jones' 14-year-old son C.J. as a suspect because he had a history of playing with fire. But they haven't ruled out his mother.   C.J.'s father told The Daily News  on Sunday that pressure on the teen to help raise his siblings created friction between him and his mom before the tragedy.

The bodies of Jones, her son and two young daughters, their throats slit, were found dead early Thursday during a fire at the home. The son had a razor under his body.

A fourth child, a 2-year-old boy, died at the hospital.  The result of the autopsy are expected soon.

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