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Custody sparked deaths, police say


February 19. 2013 5:13PM
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TOLEDO, Ohio ‚?? Caught up in a family disagreement over who should care for three young children, a grandmother and her son barricaded themselves and the kids in a garage and filled it with deadly carbon monoxide gas. All five died.


Police spent Tuesday trying to explain the heartbreaking scene discovered a day earlier at the home of 54-year-old Sandy Ford and her son Andy in a quiet Toledo neighborhood.


Firefighters using a sledgehammer broke down the garage door to find the bodies of 5-year-old Madalyn Hayes, her 6-year-old brother Logan and 10-year-old sister Paige slumped inside a car, along with their grandmother and uncle. Two hoses attached to the exhaust of a pickup truck pumped gas fumes through the car‚??s rear window.


Until last week, the children had spent the last three years living with their grandparents, Sandy and Randy Ford, and their uncle at the house in a residential neighborhood close to the Michigan state line.


Their mother, Mandy Hayes, had asked her mom for help caring for the three children because a fourth child at the home was becoming disruptive, said children‚??s services representatives and a family friend.


‚??She was just being protective,‚?Ě said the friend, Cammie Turner.


But recently Hayes had decided they should all return home, and the children moved back in with their parents last week, upsetting Hayes‚?? mother, Turner said.




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