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Two children found dead in Duxbury home, woman hospitalized, officials say

A third child, an eight month old boy injured

This is an ongoing story, and what we know about the deaths in Duxbury as of Wednesday is here.

Two young children were found dead in a home in Duxbury, and an 8-month old boy was treated for traumatic injuries after police responded Tuesday evening to a report of a woman who had tried to commit suicide by jumping out a window, officials said.

A five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy were pronounced dead at a hospital. The 8-month-old was flown to a Boston hospital for treatment, Plymouth District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz said at a press conference late Tuesday night.


The three children were found upstairs at 47 Summer St. “unconscious, with obvious signs of trauma,” after police and firefighters responded to a 911 call to the home shortly after 6 p.m., Cruz said.

Duxbury police and fire located the woman upon arrival at the scene shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, Cruz said at a late night press conference livestreamed by NBC-10 Boston.

The women and the children were not identified. Her relationship to them was also not disclosed.

But Cruz said police responded to the residence after receiving a 911 call from a man “who reported the attempted suicide of the adult female resident who had jumped out of the window in the home.”

“Upon arrival, to Duxbury police and fire located the woman. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where she currently remains,” Cruz said.

Her condition was not disclosed. “As far as I know, she is being treated right now,” he said, “and is considered a suspect.”

Cruz said they are still in the process of notifying next of kin.

“This is an unimaginable, senseless tragedy, and it is an ongoing investigation,” he said.

He declined to disclose further details, saying “It is an ongoing investigation.”


“One thing that we do want people to understand, here in the Duxbury area, and This is not something that happened randomly is people should remain safe, that they are safe in their homes and on the streets,” Cruz said.

Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone said reiterated that the incident is not random and that town residents should feel safe.

“This is an isolated incident, and there is no further threat to the community,” said Duxbury Police Chief Michael Carbone at the press conference.

The large police presence startled neighbors in the affluent South Shore town.

Francis Turner, 77, who has lived around the corner from 47 Summer St. for about 40 years, said he had seen “a bunch of police cars” outside his home Tuesday night and gone outside to see which house was at the center of the emergency response.

“They just told me to stand back further,” Turner said of the police. “I just turned around and went back home. You really couldn’t see what was going on.”

Turner said he has never met the family living at 47 Summer St., and his daughter told him they had “just moved in not too long ago.”

Carbone said that Duxbury police detectives will be working alongside Massachusetts State Police detectives.

“As I often say at these terrible events, this is a slow and steady process,” said Cruz. “We’re not here to do it quick; we’re here to do it right.”

Correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report.


This developing story will be updated.

This breaking story will be updated as more information becomes available.

Matt Yan can be reached at matt.yan@globe.com. Follow him @matt_yan12.