Coroner says Ohio mom, 2 young kids were strangled

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Associated Press

Posted on September 14, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 14 at 3:31 PM

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — A coroner says an autopsy has found that a woman and her two young children died by strangulation at their northern Ohio home.

Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter said Friday the cause of death was still preliminary, and other details about deaths remain under investigation.

Officers found the bodies of 23-year-old Heather Jackson and her 3-year-old daughter and 18-month-old son on Sept. 8 at their home in Sandusky. A family friend had told police they had not been heard from all day.

Authorities have arrested 41-year-old Curtis Clinton on charges of aggravated murder. He is being held on $3 million bond.

Erie County prosecutors said they will take the case to a grand jury next week.

Clinton is also accused of raping a 17-year-old girl on Sept. 3.

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