6-year-old Oakdale girl finds parents, nanny dead

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OAKDALE, Minn. -- A 6-year-old girl discovered the bodies of her parents and live-in babysitter when she arrived home from school, said a neighbor Twin Cities suburb of Oakdale.

Teenage neighbor Brady Hartman told the Star Tribune that child came home from school Thursday and found the three dead. He said the girl ran out of her house sobbing and screaming, "Mommy, daddy dead! Mommy, daddy dead!"

Hartman's mother consoled the girl and called 911.

Oakdale police Officer Michelle Stark said Friday morning that the victims were two adult women and one adult man. She said authorities were still awaiting the results of autopsies to determine the victims' identities and would not confirm reports that the young girl discovered the bodies.

"A family member did discover the bodies inside the home, and the scene appeared to reflect that there were injuries," she said. "The family members were assisted by neighbors in calling the police."

She said there was no threat to public safety, and police were not actively seeking suspects.

Relatives identified the victims as 38-year-old Jaime Vasquez and 28-year-old Cynthia Ornelas, a couple, and their baby sitter, 43-year-old Angela Uscanga.

"It was apparent to investigators upon arrival that the bodies were deceased," Stark said, adding that autopsy results would determine the cause and manner of death. She said authorities were interviewing witnesses Friday. When asked whether a weapon was found at the scene, she said that was part of the investigation.

"The biggest thing at this point is it is a human tragedy," she said. "We're not going to try to characterize anything we can't prove at this point in time."

It was not clear whether other children were home at the time of the killings. The Star Tribune reported that the girl and her brothers, ages 3 and 8, were staying with relatives.

Relatives said the couple owned All Seasons Siding and Roofing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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