Police: Young children find mother dead in apartment; search for possible suspect

BELMONT, Bronx (WABC) -- Police are still searching for a possible suspect after a mother was found dead inside her home in the Bronx.

Authorities said Perez's children, only two and four years old, made the discovery that their mom was dead. Their two faces were visible through the security bars on the windows of the first-floor apartment. Their muffled voices screamed, "Call 911, my mommy is dead!"

Police responded to the 911 call on East 187th Street and Bathgate Avenue on Sunday. Their upstairs neighbor, who did not want to be identified, says Perez's son, who is only four years old, knew to get help for his mom and two-year-old sister.

Police say there were no indications of any trauma on Perez's body.

"She didn't know what was going on. She said 'my mom is sleeping,' he knew that his mom was dead," said the neighbor.

At this point, the NYPD says it is awaiting the cause of death from the Medical Examiner, so until more information is known, neighbors are overwhelmed with compassion for the young brother and sister who lost their mom.

"They were watching the news, and it touched their hearts, they want to volunteer themselves here to bring a balloon or something to represent that we are with the children, with the family, and if they hear us, we are praying for them," says Belmont resident Lisa Sanchez.

Perez's cause of death is pending by the Medical Examiner.

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