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Custody Battle Could be Motive in Children’s Deaths

(Photo credit: MGN Online)

(Photo credit: MGN Online)

TOLEDO– Five people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Police say the bodies of three children and two adults were found inside a car in the garage of a Toledo home on Harvest Lane, Monday afternoon just after 3 p.m.

The Toledo Police Department says siblings 10-year-old Paige Hayes, 6-year-old Logan Hayes and 5-year-old Madalyn Hayes, were found dead inside the car. The bodies of 54-year-old Sandy Ford and 32-year-old Andy Ford were also found in the car; along with two dogs and a cat.

A truck was running in the garage, with hoses leading from the exhaust of the truck into the car.

Police say Sandy Ford was the children’s grandmother. Andy Ford was the children’s uncle. All five lived at the home. Toledo police say the children’s parents were in the process of getting full custody and it’s believed that this may have been the motive.

Police say they made the disturbing discovery after Sandy Ford’s husband called 911.
Randy Ford told police he returned home and found suspicious notes from his wife, son and grandchildren. Ford said he could not find his wife and he could not get into the garage.

The garage had been barricaded shut and the Toledo Fire Department had to use a sledgehammer to get inside.