TRAGIC: Father Strangled 2 Sons Before Setting House on Fire & Killing Himself While Wife Slept

September 21, 2017
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An Illinois man killed his two sons, set his home on fire then killed himself while his wife was searching frantically for them

TRAGIC: Illinois Father Strangled 2 Sons Before Setting House on Fire and Killing Himself While His Wife Slept

An Illinois man strangled his two sons to death early Tuesday morning and then set his home on fire before killing himself while his wife slept, PEOPLE confirms.

Eric N. Ringenberg, 33, was identified by police in a release provided by the Bloomington Police Department.

Police responded to the fire at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, where they found Eric and his two sons, a 2-year-old and a newborn, dead in the basement. The children were only identified by the initials, CR and RR.

Police say Eric’s wife woke up to the sound of the smoke alarm ringing. She tried to call for help but could not locate any phones in the house, including her cell.

Eric Ringenberg killed children in murder suicide

The mom-of-two desperately tried to locate her husband and children as flames engulfed the home but she suffered smoke inhalation and was forced to flee.

According to authorities, the home had surveillance cameras installed that showed Eric hiding the family’s cell phones, including his wife’s, in a kitchen cabinet.

Autopsies conducted later on Tuesday showed the boys were strangled to death, according to the release. Police say surveillance footage shows Eric’s death was by suicide, and that he intentionally set fire to the home from the basement.

His wife was listed in fair condition late Tuesday, according to WGLT.

SHOCKING: ‘Her bones are popping’: Ukrainian father films himself swinging his squealing four-month-old baby by one leg, claiming it is ‘what astronauts do in training’

A shocking video of a man throwing his baby around like a rag doll has sparked outrage after being posted online.

The Ukrainian father can be seen in a wooded area swinging his four-month-old daughter around by her legs and arms while saying he can hear ‘her bones are popping’.

‘She feels good,’ he adds.

The man explained that he was trying to show that his baby is ‘at one with nature’ by showing off ‘gymnastics from ancient times’

The Ukrainian father can be seen in a wooded area swinging his four-month-old daughter around by her legs and arms while saying he can hear ‘her bones are popping’

The shocking video of the man throwing his baby around like a rag doll has sparked outrage after being posted online

At one point in the video he says: ‘She feels good’

At another moment in the video, an older child (pictured right) appears on camera nearby just as the baby is being hurled from side to side
He then begins swirling the baby around his head, ignoring her frightened squeals and telling the camera: ‘Astronauts do this exercise during their training.’

As music plays in the background, he at one point balances the baby on the palm of his hands while she stands precariously.

At another moment in the video, an older child appears on camera nearby just as the baby is being hurled from side to side.
The man explained that he was trying to show that his baby is ‘at one with nature’ by showing off ‘gymnastics from ancient times’.

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