Lisa Snyder walk and booking photo

Lisa Snyder

READING, Pa. - The Berks County woman charged with murder in the hanging deaths of her two children wants taxpayers help to pay for her legal defense.

Lisa Snyder's attorney is seeking to have her classified as indigent, which means taxpayers would foot the bill for experts testifying in her defense.

Snyder killed her 8-year-old son Conner and 4-year-old daughter Brinley by hanging them with a dog lead from the basement ceiling inside the family's Albany Township home on Sept. 23, according to prosecutors.

Snyder, who was arrested Dec. 2, initially placed blame on Conner, saying that he was being bullied in school, wanted to commit suicide, and didn't want to die alone, according to investigators, who said they have found no evidence to support that claim.

Snyder is charged with two counts of first- and third-degree murder, in addition to other charges.

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