An Arkansas father is dead in an apparent double-murder-suicide.
According to Little Rock Police, Robert Mangan, 39, killed his 4-year-old daughter, Catherine, and 5-year-old son, Joseph, before he took his own life, reports the Daily Mail.
The three bodies were found in at home on Aug. 20 by Robert's wife, Linsday Mangan, said officer Steve Moore.
The two children were dead in a bed with their father, police said.
The bodies were taken to the medical examiner's office for autopsies to determine cause of death, a police statement said. The case is being investigated as a double homicide and suicide.
Investigators interviewed Lindsay and another person who lives in the residence with the family. According to Lindsay, she came home to find Robert in a bed with their two children, and all three were dead.
She and her husband were recently separated, she explained.
Robert had been arrested three times since May of 2016, according to police records.
He was arrested twice for domestic battery in the third degree, first in May 2016 and again in August of 2017. He was also arrested in September 2016 for a violation of protection order.
Little Rock has seen a dramatic increase in homicides in 2017, notes the Daily Mail.
Counting the Mangan deaths, the city has a total of 45 homicides so far this year, which is three more than all of 2016.
According to Justice Department statistics, the record for homicides in Little Rock was set in 1993, at the height of the city's gang wars, when 68 people were murdered.
When additional killings, such as justifiable homicide, are factored into that calculation, the total number for that year is actually 78, notes Little Rock police spokesman Steve McClanahan.
Due to the increase in violence this year, the Little Rock Police Department began increasing officer patrols in certain parts of the city.
In early July, a downtown nightclub was the site of a shooting that left 28 people injured.
However, no amount of policing can prevent situations like the Mangan deaths, noted McClanahan. "You could have a thousand extra police, and you'll still have this," he told The Associated Press.
The suicide rate in the United States steadily declined from 1986 through 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
However, suicide rates have steadily increased from 1999 through 2014. It is among the leading causes of death among adolescents and young adults, and is also rising among middle-aged adults.