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Police identify father who killed 2 children, himself in apparent murder-suicide at west Little Rock home

By Brandon Riddle

This article was published August 21, 2017 at 10:50 a.m.

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Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in west Little Rock on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.


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Police on Monday identified a man who reportedly killed his two young children before fatally hurting himself in an apparent murder-suicide at a west Little Rock home.

The mother of the children — a 4-year-old girl and 5-year-old boy — told authorities that she arrived home Sunday morning to find the pair and their father, Robert Mangan, 39, of Little Rock, dead at the home in the 11000 block of Birchwood Drive.

Officers with the Little Rock Police Department responded to the home around 11:20 a.m. in reference to a possible attempted suicide. All three were found “obviously deceased” on a bed inside, according to a news release.

The mother, Lindsay Mangan, and Robert Mangan had recently separated and had been “having problems,” she told police.

It was not immediately clear what caused the deaths of the father and two children. Their bodies have been sent to the state Crime Laboratory in Little Rock for autopsies.

Detectives noted that there were no signs of obvious trauma to the children. Police will not be releasing their names, citing their ages.

Police had responded to the address before for domestic-related calls.

The deaths of the two children marked the 44th and 45 homicides the year in Arkansas’ capital city. If 2017’s pace of killings continues, Little Rock could see its highest number of slayings in more than two decades.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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LRDawg says... August 21, 2017 at 12:28 p.m.

Heinous

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TravisBickle says... August 21, 2017 at 2:12 p.m.

Despicable bastard!

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skeptic1 says... August 21, 2017 at 7:44 p.m.

Next time a judge denies an order of protection may they be reminded of this horrible tragedy. How is this mother going to ever get past this? The greatest risk to women and children that have been in a home with domestic violence is in the first six months after the woman leaves This is when the majority of homicides occur and killing the children is the last act of power over the woman a man commits. Do not ever treat this issue lightly or look down on the woman because she didn't leave. They are threatened with death and the death of their children if they do.

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Tigermule says... August 21, 2017 at 8:02 p.m.

a quick internet search on this man shows that about 11 months ago he was arrested for violation of a protection order. the poor innocent children have lost their lives and the mother has to suffer indescribable pain

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DoubleBlind says... August 21, 2017 at 8:41 p.m.

There are so many missing details. The mom was 'returning home.' Who was supposed to have been caring for the kids? Was it his weekend to have them? How could that be if there was a restraing order? I saw photos of the kids and wished I hadn't. It's unfathomable how this can happen.

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abb says... August 22, 2017 at 10:09 a.m.

Lifelonglearner says... August 20, 2017 at 10:07 p.m. More blood on the hands of the NRA and those who worship guns. Updated article on 22 AUG 17 says NO GUNS.
I hope morons like Lifelonglearner don't breed. NO GUNS WERE USED, yet your inner liberal uses these dead kids to be a proponent of a political ideology. SICK SICK SICK.

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LR1955 says... August 22, 2017 at 11:18 a.m.

Both the mother and deceased father have FB pages w/ photos of the kids. Very sweet children and just a terrible tragedy all away around. The deceased father appears to have been in the military/deployed. Could this be an untreated PTSD incident ?

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