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Vigil held at Oxford home where baby, father died

The Detroit News

Friends, family and supporters left flowers and colorful stuffed animals Tuesday night during a candlelight vigil at the Oxford home where a 29-year-old man and his 7-month-old daughter were found dead last weekend.

An autopsy determined Charley Hendrick died of blunt force trauma to her head while in the care of her father, Daryne Gailey, at the home on Kintyre. Because of the injuries and the girl’s age, the death has been ruled a homicide.

Gailey died from what is believed to be three cuts and one deep gash to the neck by a box cutter found at the scene.

His mother and guardian, Sylvia Majewski, 65, also was found at the home Sunday with similar wounds, lying on a couch with her arm in a bucket of water. She was hospitalized.

There were no signs of forced entry and investigators don’t believe anyone else was inside the home.

Oakland Circuit Court records show Gailey, who was mentally disabled, divorced his wife in February then filed for bankruptcy.

Records also indicate he was possibly a victim of spousal abuse and there was bad blood between his wife, Amanda Hendrick, 25, and his parents.

In April, Majewski obtained a personal protection order against Hendrick for allegedly physically and mentally abusing Gailey to the point he talked of injuring himself.

Under terms of the divorce, Hendrick had custody of the girl but Gailey was permitted overnight supervised visits, providing his mother was present. He had picked up the girl at Hendrick’s home in Caro on Friday but was scheduled to return her Saturday.

The bodies of the infant and Gailey were found Sunday, when a relative went to the home with an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy.