New York State Police and New Hartford Police are at the scene of the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York.

No roads are closed at the time.

Chief Michael S. Inserra of the New Hartford Police has issued the following statement:

"Investigative leads resulted in a new search warrant for the building to further the investigation into the death of Lucas Leonard and the felony assault of Christopher Leonard.   It is anticipated that the search will take the remainder of the day.  No other information will be released at this time."    

It is believed that testimony from surviving victim Christopher Leonard, allegedly beaten at the hands of six church members - including his parents - led, in part, to the issuance of the search warrant.  His brother, Lucas Leonard was allegedly beaten to death as a part of a "counseling session" the two had attended.

Authorities say that others have also stepped forward with information helpful to the investigation regarding allegations that have been made about possible activities at the church.

Original Story:

A S.W.A.T. team is deployed to the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York.

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