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Woman, three children found dead in home

February 12, 2006

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— A woman and her three children were found shot to death in their western Ohio home on Saturday, officials said.

A handgun was found in the neat and orderly home, and investigators were interviewing the woman's boyfriend, who had recently moved out, Montgomery Sheriff's Maj. Ed Copher said.

"I wouldn't call anybody a suspect at this time," Copher said.

Tonya Hawks, 31, and her three sons, aged 2, 4 and 5, had moved into the rented house last summer. The bodies were found in various locations in the house and appeared to have been dead for several days, Copher said.

"The house was secure. Nothing would suggest that it was an intruder," he said. "It didn't appear there was a struggle or anything."

Concerned neighbors had called Clay Township police because they saw no activity for four days, and the house remained dark even though the family's car was parked outside.

While police were on the way, a woman looked in the window and saw one of the boys lying still.

Another neighbor kicked in the door, thinking the boy needed help, Copher said.

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