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Police probe deaths of two Alberta children

Two young boys found dead in a quiet farming community south of Edmonton were reportedly discovered by their father in the bathtub of the family home.

RCMP would only confirm Tuesday the discovery of two bodies in the town of Millet, about 40 kilometres south of Edmonton.

But CTV News quoted an unidentified family friend as saying the father found his three-year-old and 11-month-old boys in the bathtub Monday afternoon.

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At around the time the bodies were found, Edmonton police say a woman tried to kill herself by jumping off a bridge onto a busy expressway in the city.

A car that police say has ties to the Millet home was found in the parking lot of a nearby toy store and was taped off by investigators.

Police would not confirm reports that the woman, who survived the fall, is the victims' mother.

Neighbours have said the couple recently separated after two years of marriage and had been seen arguing shortly before the bodies were discovered.

The family friend quoted by CTV said the couple was married in Australia in 2007, but moved back to Alberta before their first son was born. The mother wanted to take the boys back to Australia.

Friends of the young father were mourning the deaths on Facebook, but the father could not be reached for comment.

Police were waiting for autopsy results before releasing more information on the case, including the names of the victims and their parents.

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