What to Know
- Olivia, 2, and Micha Gee, 3, died hours after being put to sleep in the same bedroom of their Bronx home Sunday night
- The medical examiner's office says both children appeared to have been beaten to death and ruled the deaths homicides
- No arrests have been made, and police say their investigation is ongoing
The toddler siblings who died minutes apart after being put to bed in their Bronx home earlier this week bled to death from internal injuries following an apparent beating, an NYPD official said Thursday, and while the medical examiner has ruled both deaths homicides, no arrests have been made.
Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said 2-year-old Olivia Gee and her 3-year-old brother Micha Gee also had organ failure. The children died Sunday night, hours after being put to bed in the same room, and the medical examiner's office ruled Tuesday that blunt impact injuries to the torso killed them.
Both children had histories of asthma and 911 was called after they allegedly had trouble breathing, but that condition apparently did not cause their deaths, the medical examiner's report indicates.
Authorities have said the siblings' 31-year-old mother and her boyfriend had put the two to bed in the same room of their Van Cortlandt Park South home around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. The mother called 911 about five hours later after the boyfriend went to check on the kids and found them unconscious.
The mother was so distraught she had to be hospitalized after their deaths.
The boyfriend was interviewed by police and released, according to a law enforcement source. He has asked for a lawyer.
Police say their investigation remains active and ongoing.
The siblings lived in an apartment at Amalgamated Houses, a tight-knit co-op community, according to people who live there. The building manager described the children as "angelic" and happy, and expressed shock earlier this week upon learning they had been killed.