East Texas sisters died of blunt force trauma

QUITMAN, Texas (AP) — A coroner has determined two young sisters whose bodies were found in an East Texas apartment died of blunt force injuries.

Preliminary autopsy results Thursday indicated the deaths of 1-year-old Natalye Price and 3-year-old Gabriella Guerrero were homicides.

Quitman (KWIT'-man) police say the bodies were discovered July 24 after officers responded to a report of two children not breathing. Witnesses reported seeing a man running from the apartment and throwing items into a trash bin.

Police later arrested Thomas Wayne Liles of Quitman on a charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Liles remained in custody Friday with bond set at $50,000. Investigators declined to release further details on Liles, whose original bond was $25,000.

Police didn't immediately return a message Friday.

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