Three children 3 and younger found dead at Phoenix home; cause of death unclear

The 3-year-old boy, 2-year-old girl and 7-month-old girl showed no obvious signs of trauma, police said.

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By Tim Stelloh

Three young children were found dead in Arizona on Monday and authorities said they don’t know how they died.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune said that the children — a 3-year-old boy, a 2-year-old girl and a 7-month-old girl — showed no obvious signs of trauma when police found them unresponsive at a home south of downtown Phoenix.

Authorities tried unsuccessfully to administer CPR after a relative called 911 around 7:30 p.m., Fortune said.

The relative, who lives at the home, told police that the kids had been sick earlier in the day.

Investigators were interviewing the children’s parents and the relative, the Phoenix Police Department said in a statement.

The medical examiner would determine the cause of death for the children, police said.