15 month old among five found dead inside home in Polk County


BLANCHARD, Texas (AP) - Sheriff's officials say five members of an East Texas family, including a 15-month-old child, have been found dead at the family's home.

Polk County sheriff's officials say two men were found dead inside the house while two women and the infant girl were discovered outside the residence.

Chief Deputy Byron Lyons identified the deceased as Ashley Delaney and husband Randy Horn, as well as Delaney's in-laws, Carlos and Lynda Delaney. The child's identity hasn't been released, but Lyons says a woman was found safe locked in a bedroom closet. She told investigators that she awoke about 5:30 a.m. Monday to a disturbance described as popping noises. She called her son, who alerted authorities about 10:30 a.m.

Lyons says a firearm was recovered from the house about 75 miles northeast of Houston and that no suspects were being sought. However, he declined to characterize the incident as a multiple homicide and suicide.

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  • A gofundme has been set up for the family who lost four members in the Polk County shooting.

Earlier report from Polk County Sheriff's Office: On February 11 at 10:32 a.m., the Polk County Sheriff's Office received a call along with Allegiance EMS requesting a response to 3600 block of FM 3126 in the Blanchard Community of Polk County for multiple victims of an assault.

Troopers from the Texas Highway Patrol and Deputies arrived on scene discovering multiple victims from apparent gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Kenneth Hammack reports the investigation is underway with Detectives from his agency along with Texas Rangers all on scene.

The scene is extremely fluid making it difficult to release information. Information will be made available at a designated time, to be announced.

At this time five people have been confirmed dead at the residence.

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