11-year-old discovers apparent murder-suicide of parents

An 11-year-old child’s discovery of his parents’ dead bodies in their New Jersey home on Saturday is being investigated as a “domestic violence-based murder-suicide,” prosecutors told

A neighbor said the boy ran to their house and said, “I can’t wake up my mother and father” on Saturday morning, PIX11 reported. The child called authorities and reported his parents weren’t breathing around 10:20 a.m. The family’s home is located across from Bergenfield High School.

When they arrived, police found a 36-year-old woman dead in an upstairs bedroom and a 44-year-old man dead in a basement utility closet, Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal told The man is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, but the woman’s cause of death was not disclosed.

The identities of all involved have not yet been released.

The 11-year-old child was placed in the custody of authorities. Officials said he wasn’t physically harmed.

Women at the scene, identified by as co-workers of the deceased woman, said the woman worked at a nearby Dollar Tree but had not shown up for her shift on Saturday and she wasn’t answering her phone. They said the man had three daughters from a previous marriage.