Bloomington father strangles young sons, hangs himself, police say

Security camera footage in the home reportedly shows the father hiding cell phones in a kitchen cabinet before setting his home on fire.

An Illinois mother of two woke to the sound of her smoke alarm going off in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. She looked for her cell phone to call for help, but it could not be located. Pamela Ringenberg, who along with her husband worked for Bloomington-based State Farm, has been treated for smoke inhalation. Pamela searched for her family members, but couldn't find them.

Pamela escaped the home and got help from neighbors. Crews responded to Brittany Court about 3 am, Tuesday, for a structure fire.

The victims were pronounced dead at 4:15 a.m.

Bloomington police also say autopsies performed on the three individuals revealed that they died from strangulation via ligature. The footage also reportedly shows her frantically searching the home, presumably for her family, but she can not find them.

The two youngest victims of this awful crime are not yet being named by authorities, who refer to the oldest boy as CR and the infant baby as RR. Police say surveillance footage shows Eric's death was by suicide, and that he intentionally set fire to the home from the basement.

Investigators have also not released any information pertaining to a possible motive in the case.

'Our hearts go out to the family and friends impacted by this tragedy, ' said police in their statement on Wednesday. The public is asked to remember if they or someone is contemplating suicide or is in a mental health crisis, help is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Vanessa Coleman

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