The preliminary investigation indicates the boys received burn marks on their bodies at some point, possibly from the stove, according to police.
Williams told police she left the children with a caregiver about noon Friday and returned about 11:30 p.m., according to the statement. She said she found the children dead and the caregiver gone.
At this time, investigators, who have interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence, “do not believe the children's mother left them with a caregiver,” Chafee said.
An autopsy is planned, police said.
Police removed the stove from the home for further investigation.
A 3-year-old boy who was with his brothers is not seriously injured, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The residence is in the Oakland City West End apartment complex.
— Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Alexis Stevens contributed to this story.
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