A Christmas Day tragedy in Boston: Authorities say a woman and two children under five were pronounced dead in a hospital after they were found unconscious on a sidewalk next to a parking garage around 1:30pm, CNN reports. The woman's vehicle, with the children's car seats inside, was found on the top level of the eight-story garage, which is adjacent to the Ruggles transit station. Boston Emergency Medical Services Union President Michael MacNeil said 15 first responders worked to give them "the best possible care we could provide," but it "was not enough to save their lives," the Boston Herald reports. "The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of Boston EMS are with the families experiencing this unspeakable tragedy on this holiday," he said.
"We will do everything in our powers to find out everything we can in this death investigation," Boston Police Commissioner William Gross said. He said he would not rush to conclusions about the deaths, though he noted that there have been suicides at the Renaissance Park Garage in the past, CBS Boston reports. The investigation is being led by Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins. "On Christmas and the holiday season where many people are celebrating, it can be a challenging and difficult time," she said. "I feel it imperative that we let people know that there is help," Rollins added, urging people in distress to call the statewide Samaritans hotline at 877-870-HOPE. (Read more Boston stories.)