CHICAGO
01/22/2011 07:20 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Amanda Bennett Murder: Mother, Three Children Found Shot To Death In Burned House

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A 30-year-old southern Indiana woman and her three children were found shot to death in a burned home, state police said on Saturday.

Amanda Bennett, 30, of Austin, Indiana, and her children Jasmine Abbott, 14, Katelynn Bennett, 9, and Ryan Bennett, 4, were all found shot in the head, according to the Indiana State Police. The oldest three victims also had smoke inhalation.

An Austin police officer forced his way into the home to check on the family Friday afternoon.

When the officer entered the home, he noticed parts of the home had been burned, Indiana police said. Autopsies were performed Saturday.

The case is being investigated, state police said.

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