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Four found slain in Florida home

MIRAMAR, Fla., May 1 -- Crime scene tape remained out today (Thursday) while police continued to search for evidence at a Miramar, Fla., house where four slaying victims had been found. Investigators say there are no indications of robbery or a break-in at the home where Maria Carmel Altidor, her two daughters and her mother had been shot to death in several different rooms.

The inside of the house was so bloody that the first officers who went in to look for evidence wore biohazard suits. Miramar Police Lt. Bill Guess said, 'There are pools of blood everywhere.' Killed were the 32-year-old Altidor, her mother, 60-year-old Therisa Laverne, and her young daughters, 3-year-old Samantha and 2-month-old Sabrina. Police report Sabrina had been shot to death inside her bassinette. Samantha was found curled up behind the living room sofa where she apparently tried to hide from her attacker. Police think the victims may have known the assailant, or assailants, because both the front and back doors were unlocked and there were no signs they had been forced open. The house had not been ransacked and nothing appeared to have been stolen. Investigators have been talking with George Altidor, Maria's husband and the girls' father, but have not said whether he is considered a suspect, or if they've been able to determine a motive for the killings. George Altidor, who neighbors said left for work Wednesday morning, reportedly called a brother-in-law to check on his family when he failed to reach them by telephone several times during the day. The brother-in-law, who investigators did not identify, discovered the carnage and called police. ---

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