A mother has asked that jurors are not told of claims she had sex with her pet pit bull shortly before she allegedly hanged her children. Lisa Snyder, 37, said sharing details of her alleged bestiality ‘will impermissibly inflame the passions of, and unfairly prejudice the jury,’ according to newly-filed court papers. Snyder, from Berks County in Pennsylvania, plans to mount an insanity defense over claims she murdered son Conner, 8, and daughter Brinley, 4, at their home in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in September 2019. The youngsters were found hanged from a dog leash, with two wooden dining room chairs found knocked over nearby. Snyder called for help, and later said she was unable to get them down from where they were hanging because she was suffering from extreme anxiety. Both youngsters were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they died after being taken off life support three days later.
Court papers filed on Tuesday, and seen by The Morning Call on Thursday, also include a request from Snyder’s lawyers request jurors not to show the alleged killer mom’s Google search history in the weeks leading up to the children’s deaths. They say that the ‘lewd, lascivious and taboo nature’ of Snyder’s searches would further taint potential jurors. She is accused of searching suicide, drug overdoses, death by hanging and how to kill someone. Snyder is also said to have bought the dog leash she is accused of hanging her children with using her phone. Snyder’s lawyers have further argued that investigators have been unable to prove the internet activity was carried out by the mom.
Evidence of her alleged sexual abuse of a dog was uncovered when detectives searched her phone after she was arrested on suspicion of killing her children. The mom reportedly sent extremely graphic details of the encounter to a Facebook friend. The alleged killer previously blamed Conner for hanging his sister, then himself, after claiming her son had been bullied at school, and that he did not want to die alone. Teachers said he was a happy and well-adjusted child, and that there was no evidence he was being picked-on. Snyder is said to have suffered ‘a chronic history of severe mental disorders’ including severe depression with psychosis, anxiety disorder, affective disorder and post-partum depression beginning when she was just 16. Snyder reportedly battled severe depressive disorder around the time of her children’s deaths. Her lawyers say she was suicidal, and that she falsely perceived others were harming Conner and Brinley. The alleged murderer denies killing her children, and sexual intercourse with a dog. She is being held in jail without bond, and is due back in court on February 12.