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Grandmother, son kill children in custody dispute

CHICAGO -- An Ohio woman and her son appear to have conspired to kill the woman's three grandchildren, their pets and themselves with carbon monoxide as a result of a custody dispute, police said Tuesday.

Police believe grandmother Sandy Ford, 54, and uncle Andy Ford, 32, were trying to keep the children's parents from gaining custody of Paige Hayes, 10, Logan Hayes, 6, and Madalyn Hayes, 5.

The bodies were discovered after Randy Ford, 56, came home from work and found “suspicious” notes from his wife, son and grandchildren, police said in a statement.

He called for help when he found the garage door locked and barricaded from the inside. Firefighters had to use a sledgehammer to force their way into the garage.

They found hoses from the exhaust pipe of a running truck leading into the back window of the sedan where the bodies were discovered.

Police also found the bodies of two dogs and a cat inside the car.

The Toledo Blade reported that police had been called to the home twice last week, once for a domestic violence report between Sandy Ford and her daughter, Mandy Hayes, and again for help with a custody exchange.

“All of the deceased had lived at the address on Harvest,” police said in the statement.

“The parents of the three deceased children (Mandy and Chris Hayes) were in the process of getting full custody of the children and it is believed that this may have been the motive.”

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