Couple, Their 3 Kids Found Dead in Maryland

World | April 19, 2009, Sunday // 14:22
Bulgaria: Couple, Their 3 Kids Found Dead in Maryland Five people, including three young children, were found dead in this house in Middletown, Maryland. Photo by cnn.com

A father killed his wife and their three young children before fatally shooting himself in a northwest Maryland home, authorities said Saturday.

Christopher Alan Wood, 34, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Frederick County sheriff's office spokeswoman Jennifer Bailey said. His wife Francis Billotti Wood, 33, and their three children suffered "traumatic cuts," but the causes of their deaths weren't immediately confirmed.

Two boys ages 5 and 4 were found in their beds, and a 2-year-old girl was found with the mother in the master bedroom. The father's body lay on the floor at the foot of the bed in the master bedroom.

A relative alerted authorities after discovering the bloody scene around 9 a.m. Saturday.

 

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