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TPD holds press conference on 5 CO deaths

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A somber Toledo police captain was at a loss to explain the actions of a grandmother who allegedly was responsible for the deaths of her three grandchildren on Monday. 

Paige Hayes, 10, Logan Hayes, 6, and Madalyn Hayes, 5, were killed inside a garage on Harvest Lane in West Toledo. Police believe their grandmother Sandy Ford, 54, and their uncle Andy Ford, 32, were involved in running a hose from one vehicle to another that killed the kids and themselves.

At a news conference late Friday, Captain West Bombrys shook his head and quietly said "I can't tell you what was in her mind.  I wish I could."

Police say their investigation is continuing and added that they would not comment on certain aspects of the investigation.  They did say they have evidence that planning of the deaths began as early as November 8. 

A note written by one of the children was found in the car where all five bodies were found.  Detectives declined to describe the contents. 

The vehicle used in the carbon monoxide deaths was found in an unattached garage.  Investigators say the garage was barricaded and that the electrical garage door was unplugged and safety latches were disabled.  Also, the inside of the garage could not be seen from the outside. 

Sandy Ford's husband also found a note.  Police say when he discovered the note, he notified his daughter who called police.  Toledo police and fire responded to the scene and made forcible entry. 

Captain Bombrys acknowledged that attempts may have been made to entice the children into the car.  He said police found coloring books and food at the scene.  The children were taken by the grandmother from their elementary school before they entered classes on Monday. 

An autopsy determined the cause of the five deaths to be carbon monoxide poisoning.  Funerals for the children are scheduled to be held over the weekend.

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