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Three children found dead in East St. Louis


East St. Louis, Ill. – Investigators in East St. Louis say three children were found dead Friday night at the John DeShields public housing apartment complex.

The discovery comes hours after a woman was charged with killing the children's mother and her unborn baby.

The St. Clair County coroner's office says DeMond, 7, Ivan, 2, and Jinela, 1, were found together. Illinois State Police Captain Craig Koehler says autopsies are scheduled for Saturday.

Tiffany Hall was charged Friday with first-degree murder and intentional homicide of an unborn child in the death of Jimella Tunstall, 23, and the seven-month-old fetus she was carrying. Koehler declined to say if Hall is suspected in the children's deaths.

Koehler didn't say what led authorities to the apartment, but he says they hadn't searched it before.


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