Dead mother 'suffered depression'
A woman who was found dead with her baby at their home had been struggling with depression, her neighbours said.
Police said they were treating the deaths as "unexplained" amid claims that Joanne Thomas had not been seen for several weeks.
Yonni Bengorion, 45, who lived next door to Miss Thomas in the village of Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, said: "She moved in here about three months ago and was very pleasant. Her baby was a beautiful girl. Joanne had problems with depression. The ambulance has been called out here a number of times with her being unconscious.
"I became concerned when I had not seen her for a few weeks and I noticed her washing was still on the line. I knocked the door a few times, but did not get an answer. I've later discovered that her door had been unlocked the whole time. This is such a tragedy."
She was found after social services called at the Church Street property. When they could not get an answer, police were called.
Detective Superintendent Paul Hurley, of the force's specialist crime investigations team, said his officers wanted to hear from anyone who could help them understand the circumstances leading up to the discovery of the bodies.
He said: "Troedyrhiw is a close-knit community in Merthyr Tydfil and local people are obviously shocked. We have a team of officers at the scene and in the community looking for information that may assist our inquiries. We would like to hear from anyone who has seen or heard anything suspicious or unusual in Church Street in recent weeks. The information may seem insignificant but could be important to the investigation."
Mr Bengorion said Miss Thomas had two older children who would sometimes stay with her at weekends. He added: "Joanne told me she was happy to come live here because it was a fresh start for her. She told me she had been at a woman's refuge in the past."
On Thursday morning a team of forensic experts wearing white overalls were seen going into the home while officers carried out door-to-door inquiries. John Roberts, 82, said he had never seen anything like it in 50 years of living in Church Street. "I couldn't believe it. I didn't know the girl - but she was in her 20s and I'd see her out with a pram," he said.
Police said formal identification had not yet taken place - but believed the deceased to be 27-year-old Miss Thomas and her four-month old daughter Harper.