Authorities respond to a report of carbon monoxide poisoning on Harvest Lane in Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The bodies of three children and two adults were found inside the garage Monday, and authorities said they believe the deaths � apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning � weren't accidental. (AP Photo/The Blade, Amy E. Voigt) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT; SENTINEL-TRIBUNE OUT; MONROE EVENING NEWS OUT; TOLEDO FREE PRESS OUT
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The mother of three children killed this week in what Ohio police believe was a murder-suicide says her mother and brother weren't in their "right minds" when the deaths occurred.
Police say notes found at a Toledo house indicate the children's grandmother and uncle planned to kill themselves and the children by funneling fumes from a pickup truck into a car where their five bodies were found.
The children's mother, Mandy Hayes, tells WTOL-TV in Toledo her mom was her best friend and she was close to her brother.
Investigators and family friends say the murder-suicide appears to stem from a family disagreement over where the children should live.
The children had been living with Hayes' mother the past three years. Hayes had decided recently to take the children back home.