- Associated Press - Friday, August 1, 2014

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 Natalye Price, 1, and Gabriella Guerrero, 3, were homicides.

Quitman police said 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, 19, 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.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the family had been investigated for medical and physical neglect, the Tyler Morning Telegraph (http://bit.ly/1kqxPI6 ) reported. The paper said a report found the children’s previous home didn’t have running water and was littered with trash and debris. The department closed the case in February after the mother, who was living alone with the children, moved into better housing.

A message seeking comment was left with Quitman police Friday. A call to the jail to determine if Liles has an attorney rang unanswered.

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