A North Carolina mom strangled her two young children to death before she leapt from a bridge earlier this year, a new autopsy report has revealed.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said they were called around 5:40pm to the scene on January 13 to Interstate 485 after Christina Treadway, 34, landed onto the highway.
Treadway was pronounced dead at the scene after she jumped from the Old Gun Branch Road bridge.
Treadway’s three-year-old-daughter, Iliyah Miller, and seven-year-old son, Isaiah Miller, were discovered with fatal wounds at the woman’s home in the 2100 block of Sebastani Drive.
The children were rushed to Carolinas Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
‘Investigation revealed that her mother had likely killed both of her children,’ the autopsy report for Iliyah said this week.
Double murder-suicide: An autopsy report reveals Christina Treadway (right) strangled her seven-year-old son Isaiah (center) and three-year-old daughter Iliyah (left) before ending her own life
Iliyah and her brother Isaiah were found ‘lifeless’ in their beds on Sebastiani Drive, two-tenths of a mile from where their mother died by suicide on January 13
Treadway was pronounced dead after jumping from this bridge onto I-485 in Charlotte, North Carolina
The father of the slain siblings has been notified and he was not considered a person of interest.
Treadway had worked as a game-day employee for the NFL football team, Carolina Panthers.
Her grief-stricken mother, Patricia Treadway, told WSOC Christina was everything a daughter should be and that her own two children were her world.
Iliyah and Isaiah’s paternal grandfather, Gregory Moore, told WNCN he had been struggling to come to terms with the unbearable loss of his beloved grand children.
Moore also said he had been having trouble suppressing his anger about the situation.
Crime scene: When police went to the woman’s home on Sebastani Drive (pictured), they found her children suffering from fatal injuries
The brother and sister both died at an area hospital from unspecified injuries
Proud parent: Treadway were known to post photos and videos of herself and her kids
The grief-stricken grandfather described little Iliyah as the family’s entertainer who at age three could sing ‘like a 20-year-old’.
Her older brother, Isiah, was at the top of his class at school and wise beyond his years, Moore said.
Police do not know at this time what led the mother to kill her children and commit suicide.
Based on social media posts, Ms Treadway was an attentive and doting mother who was proud of her children and their achievements.
She often posted videos showcasing her daughter’s singing talent.
Treadway would often put up videos showcasing her daughter (shown left with her) and her singing talent. Loved ones said Isaiah (right) was wise beyond his years
Isaiah was at the top of his class at school and named ‘Student of the Month’ last year
‘Iliyah and I have an incredible bond,’ Treadway posted on Instagram around the time of her daughter’s birthday, as Charlotte Observer first reported.
‘I’m so sad she is not a baby anymore. I’m looking forward to all her achievements and adventures.’
Treadway shared photos online showing her beaming kids trick-or-treating on Halloween, or enjoying an outing to a pumpkin patch.
Early last year, she made a touching video in which she performs a rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ while holding Iliyah, then aged two, in her arms.
The mother and daughter donned matching red frocks, black chokers and red flowers in their hair.
The slain children’s biological father launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for their funerals. Ultimately, he raised $12,075.
First respondors tried to revive the children (shown together in this Facebook photo) but they were each pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center