NORTH BELLMORE - In a news conference today, police said the couple involved in an apparent murder-suicide in North Bellmore were found by their four children inside their Smith Avenue home.

Police say the tragedy unfolded when Thomas Hayes told his 13-year-old daughter to pick up her siblings from school. When they got home, they found a note urging them to call 911, then they found their mother's body in the kitchen.

Police say Hayes stabbed his wife, Sherrell, and then hanged himself. Although they have not released an official motive, police say the couple was going through marital problems and had legal issues. They say Thomas Hayes was set to be sentenced in a larceny case later this month and that he could have been facing jail time.

School officials say grief counselors are on hand at Newbridge Road Elementary School and Grand Avenue Middle School, where the children attend classes.To watch the entire police press conference on the apparent Bellmore murder-suicide, click on iO Extra on Channel 612.

Cops: N. Bellmore couple dead in apparent murder-suicide