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Father kills two kids, sets house on fire before hanging himself

Father kills two kids, sets house on fire before hanging himself”

Authorities identified the deceased as Eric Ringenberg, 33, and his sons, CR, age 2, and RR, an infant.

Pamela Ringenberg, 32, was treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital.

Preliminary autopsy results released later that day indicate that the cause of death for the two young boys and their father was strangulation via ligature. Police also say home surveillance video provides evidence of Ringenberg's sole role in the children's deaths, as well as his death being a suicide.

Eric worked as a supervisor at State Farm, whose corporate headquarters are in Bloomington. She said grief counselors are available for co-workers and others affected by the tragedy.

His wife Pamela woke to the sound of a smoke alarm and ran for help after she couldn't find her family or her phone through the smoke. She frantically searched for her family members but was unable to find them. She eventually fled the home and sough help from the neighbors.

Police say home surveillance cameras show Eric putting the cellphones in a kitchen cabinet, then intentionally starting a fire in the basement after the children were killed.

The victims were pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m. Police add that it has been determined that the fire was intentionally started in the basement by Ringenberg after the children had already died.

That footage also showed Eric hiding all of the family's cell phones - including the one belonging to his wife - before setting the house on fire, which he did just prior to taking his own life.

Assistant Police Chief Clay Wheeler said crime scene investigators were at the house about 36 hours before leaving around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is: 1-800-273-TALK or call PATH CRISIS at 211.



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