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Dad, baby girl found dead in Oxford Township

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

When little Charley Hendrick and her dad didn't return home as arranged Saturday, Charley's mom knew something was wrong.

Her 7-month-old girl and her father, Daryne Gailey, 29, were two hours late. So she did what any nervous mom would do: She called Oakland County sheriff's office, which sent a deputy to do a wellness check, according to Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

No one answered the door on the 140 block of Kintyre in Oxford Township, and since there were no vehicles in the driveway, the deputy left. But when the baby still wasn't home Sunday, Charley's mom asked Gailey's father to check on his son and baby, police said. Deputies accompanied him.

A 29-year-old man and a 7 month old were found dead in the home in the 140 block of Kintyre near South Lapeer Road and West Drahner Road, according to police officials.

Bouchard said when a deputy knocked on the door of the home on Kintyre, a woman inside called out for him to enter.

Inside, police found the woman, Gailey's 65-year-old mother, bleeding profusely, on a couch, Bouchard said. They also found Gailey and his daughter dead.

Bouchard said there was a tremendous amount of blood around Gailey's neck, but declined to say how he died; there was no obvious cause of death for the baby, he said. The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office is expected to conduct autopsies in the next few days.

Bouchard said Gailey's mother was taken to a hospital. She was stable, but heavily sedated, the sheriff said.

He said a "sharp instrument" seized by investigators may have been used in the deaths. There were no signs of forced entry, according to Bouchard.

"At this point, there's nothing that leads to anyone else being involved outside of the home," he said.

The sheriff called it a "very bizarre" incident. He said "how it happened" is "a work in progress" for investigators.

Charles Hewgley, who lives on Kintyre, said there were police cars and TV news trucks swarming the neighborhood Sunday. Police could be seen talking to residents and some stood on their lawns watching as police processed the scene.

Hewgley said he knew the victims and would see them in the neighborhood.

"I'd say he ... lived here, maybe, for about the last five years," he said. "I think he lived alone and worked at a Kroger nearby."

Hewgley said he was shocked by news of the slayings.

"This is Oxford," he said. "We don't have stuff like this happen here."

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Associated Press contributed to this report.