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  • A woman and four-year-old boy were found dead about 1.20pm on Monday
  • Stacey Docherty, aged in her 20s, is a nursing assistant from New Zealand
  • Her son Seth is seen with her in various images on her Facebook page 
  • Police rushed to their apartment block following concerns for the pair's welfare
  • Their deaths are being treated as suspicious and offices are investigating 

By Brianne Tolj and Bryant Hevesi For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:38 EDT, 13 March 2017 | Updated: 23:52 EDT, 13 March 2017

A young mother who was found dead inside her Sydney home on Monday with her four-year-old son was a nursing assistant from New Zealand.

Police found the bodies of Stacey Docherty, aged in her 20s, and her young son Seth in their Hillsdale apartment at 1.20pm.

Their deaths are being treated as suspicious and officers are investigating if a third person was involved or if they died as the result of a murder-suicide, according to The Daily Telegraph.  

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Police found the bodies of Stacey Docherty and her young son Seth in their Hillsdale apartment at 1.20pm after ex-partner went to visit but no one came to the door (pictured together) Police found the bodies of Stacey Docherty and her young son Seth in their Hillsdale apartment at 1.20pm after ex-partner went to visit but no one came to the door (pictured together)

Police found the bodies of Stacey Docherty and her young son Seth in their Hillsdale apartment at 1.20pm after ex-partner went to visit but no one came to the door (pictured together)

Police were called to the apartment block about 1.20pm on Monday (pictured) and discovered their bodies inside Police were called to the apartment block about 1.20pm on Monday (pictured) and discovered their bodies inside

Police were called to the apartment block about 1.20pm on Monday (pictured) and discovered their bodies inside

Pictures of Ms Docherty and her son are splashed across her Facebook page, showing the pair playing at various parks and sightseeing in Sydney.

Ms Docherty and her son were not gassed to death, according to police.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald the woman's ex-partner called police to the home after he went to visit but no one came to the door.

The apartment in a four-storey complex on Grace Campbell Crescent, Hillsdale, was set up as a crime scene on Monday afternoon as forensic officers swarmed the area.  

Pictures of Ms Docherty and her son are splashed across her Facebook page (pictured) Pictures of Ms Docherty and her son are splashed across her Facebook page (pictured)

Pictures of Ms Docherty and her son are splashed across her Facebook page (pictured)

Ms Docherty's Facebook said she was from Christchurch in New Zealand Ms Docherty's Facebook said she was from Christchurch in New Zealand

Ms Docherty's Facebook said she was from Christchurch in New Zealand

Ms Docherty's former partner called police to the scene after he couldn't get an answer (pictured) Ms Docherty's former partner called police to the scene after he couldn't get an answer (pictured)

Ms Docherty's former partner called police to the scene after he couldn't get an answer (pictured)

A gas technician was called in to shut off the building's gas supply but police later revealed they were not gassed to death A gas technician was called in to shut off the building's gas supply but police later revealed they were not gassed to death

A gas technician was called in to shut off the building's gas supply but police later revealed they were not gassed to death

Their deaths are being treated as suspicious, according to police Their deaths are being treated as suspicious, according to police

Their deaths are being treated as suspicious, according to police

Neighbours told the Daily Telegraph police were called to Ms Docherty's apartment on numerous occasions.

Family and Community Service workers often visited the young mother and Seth, neighbours claimed.

'It's very tragic to have something like this happen in our area because our area itself is very quiet,' another Hillside resident said.

Police said a report will be prepared for the Coroner. 

Officers are investigating if a third person was involved or if they died as the result of a murder-suicide  Officers are investigating if a third person was involved or if they died as the result of a murder-suicide 

Officers are investigating if a third person was involved or if they died as the result of a murder-suicide 

A neighbour described the deaths as 'tragic'  A neighbour described the deaths as 'tragic' 

A neighbour described the deaths as 'tragic' 

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