Man charged in deaths of 2 kids, 2 adults who were neighbors

 

CLEVELAND (AP) — Police say a suspect is in jail in the killings of four people, including two children, in Cleveland.

Police say the man has been booked on aggravated murder charges. Authorities plan to release more details of the charges against the man during a news conference Thursday.

The two children found dead Tuesday in a house were a 2-year-old girl and 6-year-old boy. Autopsies show they died of smoke inhalation.

Twenty-five-year-old Takeyra Collins, who lived in the home and was also found there, died of gunshots.

Thirty-five-year-old David Cousin Jr. also was found fatally shot in a vacant lot near the house.

Family members say Cousin and Collins were neighbors but didn't really know each other.

Relatives told Cleveland.com that Collins was raising the two children.


Earlier story:

2 adults shot; 2 children died from smoke; man in custody

CLEVELAND (AP) — Two neighbors died from gunshots while two children found dead in one of the victim's home died from smoke inhalation from a fire set in the house, a coroner said Wednesday.

Police later said they had taken a man into custody and planned to reveal more about aggravated murder charges they plan to file during a news conference on Thursday.

The man's identity wasn't released and few other details have been revealed about the Tuesday morning discovery of the bodies. Relatives said the two neighbors, a man and a woman, didn't really know each other.

Officers first found David Cousin Jr. shot to death in a vacant lot and then found the bodies of the three others in a nearby house where they smelled smoke inside, police said. Officers said they went in the house after seeing the children through a window.

Cousin, 35, was shot in the head and chest and 25-year-old Takeyra Collins was shot in the back and stomach, authorities said.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the youngest victims as 2-year-old Aubree Stone and 6-year-old Armond Johnson Jr., but it did not indicate their relationship with Collins.

Family members of both victims told cleveland.com that Collins was a house cleaner who was raising her two children and Cousin owned a home remodeling company.