PORT RICHMOND, N.Y. (WPIX)—The medical examiner has ruled Thursday that the death of a Staten Island mother, who killied her kids and setting fire to her house, was a suicide.
Leisa Jones, 32, died of smoke inhalation, stated Ellen Borakove, a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's Office. The autopsy report confirms police's belief she is the one responsible for commiting the murder-suicide and arson that killed herself and her four children.
Cops originally thought Jones' son C.J. Romoy, 14, killed his siblings, torched the house and committed suicide on July 22. He was found with a razorblade underneath his body and had a history of behaviorial problems and setting fires.
But autopsy reports state that C.J. Romoy and his sisters -- 10-year-old Brittney and 7-year-old Melonie -- were already dead before the fire was set and did not die from smoke inhalation. All three kids were found with their throats slashed.
Reports say Jones wrote the badly charred note with the words "am sorry," which was found in the house on Nicholas Avenue in Port Richmond.
"We believe both the note and the diary were written by the mother," NYPD spokesperson Paul J. Browne stated in an e-mail.
Jones' 2-year-old son Jermaine Sinclair also died of smoke inhalation, according to autopsy reports. The boy, who was found near the front door, was rescued from the blaze but died at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton.
The autopsy report also showed that Jones and her 14-year-old son had undigested pills in their stomachs, further suggesting she tried to commit suicide and that she may have needed to drug her son before killing him.
Jones was a single mother with children sired by different fathers. She was working part-time as a security guard in the Macy's at Staten Island Mall to make ends meet.