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Community still reeling from news of multiple deaths

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The news is still hard to process for Harvest Lane neighbors.  "This is an absolute tragedy," says Kelly Lewandowski.  "We've lived here on 15 years and nothing like this has ever happened in the neighborhood."

On Saturday, three kids were raking leaves on the front lawn.  By Monday, they were gone. Now authorities are left piecing together the story, like the ongoing custody dispute  between parents Chris and Mandy Hayes, and the grandmother, Sandy Ford.

"What's so bad about it...we don't know," says Dean Sparks with Lucas County Children Services. "We only know that there was a lot of conflict, there was a lot of allegations back and forth. It's not at all an unusual situation."

Counselors were on hand in every Whiteford Elementary classroom on Tuesday to help students process the news.

"It's going to be a longer process with our fifth graders," says Brad Rieger, superintendent of Sylvania City Schools. "But even at the kindergarten and second grade, they were sitting in a circle and talking about the student that is not with them today."

Children Services workers visited the parents and grandparents as recent as Saturday, but say nothing indicated such serious problems and deadly decisions.

"We pray for everyone that knew them, our staff that knew them," says Sparks. "We only hope the family can find some resolution to this as quickly as they can."

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