Police: Sonia Loja strangled her 3 children in their home in Danbury before her own death by suicide


DANBURY, Kon. — Police say a Danbury mother strangled her three children before committing suicide.

TBEN’s Natalie Duddridge spoke to devastated neighbors who said there was no sign of trouble.

“Our hearts, our souls go out to the children, the family. Innocent, innocent. Why? Children,” said one person.

A peaceful bloc has been shattered. Crime scene tape now surrounds what neighbors thought was a happy home on Whaley Street.

“Every day those kids were outside, but she was always with them. It’s unbelievable. They were happy, those kids. When someone walked by, they said hello,” said Erna Grenier, a neighbor.

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Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday evening, police say they received a call from someone who sounded upset and asked officers to do a health check on residents inside.

“When officers arrived they found three deceased minors in the house and they found a deceased woman in the backyard of the residence,” said Danbury Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour. “The person who called was a man who sounded distraught and crying.”

Investigators confirmed the identities of the children as 5-year-old Jonael Panjon, 10-year-old Joselyn Panjon and 12-year-old Junior Panjon. According to police, it appears that their mother, 36-year-old Sonia Loja, strangled her three children before hanging herself.

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“Just to hear stories like this… it’s really tragic,” said a neighbor.

Two other adults lived in the house, police said, but were not home when officers arrived. People who knew the family told Duddridge that the children’s father and uncle also lived there.

Neighbors said the house was well-maintained and there were no signs of anything suspicious.

“Heard nothing, no screaming. Never yelled or heard anything there,’ Grenier said. ‘It’s sad. Why should people involve children?’

“I’m sorry to hear this and I pray for the rest of the family,” said Atkin Guishard, another neighbor.

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“Just devastated to hear. So much pressure, with COVID and everything else going on. Parents are under a lot of pressure. I was just absolutely devastated,” said one person.

Teachers at nearby Danbury public schools say the district and city are providing guidance to the community.

Police said they were not looking for suspects and there was no threat to the community.