(GLOBAL NEWS) HALIFAX – Autopsies will be conducted later Tuesday on two young children after a python escaped a pet store in northern New Brunswick and strangled the boys while they slept in an apartment in the same building.

RCMP confirmed the deceased were a five-year-old boy and a seven-year-old boy. The boys are being identified as Connor and Noah Barthe.

Police say a criminal investigation is underway and no charges have yet been laid. The boys’ bodies were removed from the scene late Monday night.

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