Preliminary Autopsy Show East St. Louis children Drowned

1 decade 3 years 2 months ago Sunday, September 24 2006 Sep 24, 2006 Sunday, September 24, 2006 8:57:12 PM CDT September 24, 2006 in News
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EAST ST. LOUIS - Authorities say it appears three children found dead inside an East St. Louis apartment drowned. Deputy St. Clair County Coroner Ace Hart says that's the preliminary finding of autopsies done Sunday. Hart says 7-year-old DeMond Tunstall was found in the dryer in unit 28-J at the John DeShields public housing complex. He says 2-year-old Ivan Tunstall-Collins and 1-year-old Jinela Tunstall were found in the washer. Hart says the children were not drowned in the washing machine. He says the autopsies didn't show any signs of physical abuse or trauma. Toxicology tests are pending. The bodies were discovered Saturday night in East St. Louis, the same day family friend Tiffany Hall was charged with killing Jimella Tunstall, the children's pregnant mother. Hall has not been charged in the children's deaths. She likely will be arraigned Monday.

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