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Police believe Leisa Jones, the mother who died in a suspected murder-suicide and arson in her New York City home penned a badly charred, fragmented note with the words ‘am sorry.’

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said Sunday that the note’s handwriting matched a diary also found in the Staten Island apartment. He says police believe both were written by Leisa Jones.

Investigators have described Jones’ 14-year-old son as a suspect because he had a history of playing with fire. But they haven’t ruled out his mother.

The bodies of Jones, her son and two young daughters – their throats slit – were found dead early Thursday during a fire at the home. The son had a razor under his body.

A fourth child, a 2-year-old boy, died at the hospital.


The 14-year-old suspected of wiping out his family in a murder-suicide had a troubling fascination with fire.

It was unknown if his mother, Leisha Jones, enrolled him, but it is clear that while he sometimes seemed like a happy, doting older brother, C.J. was grappling with inner demons.

‘I can’t believe what they’re telling me. He’s no killer,’ C.J.’s grandmother, Marcia Anderson, 50, of Washington, D.C., told the Daily News, adding that the D.C. cops informed her of the murder-suicide.

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