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Posted: Monday, 06 January 2014 11:08AM

Toddler, man shot dead on Northshore

A man and a child are dead on the Northshore.

Police say a woman found her two-year-old girl and the child's father dead in the house on Carnation Street near Abita Springs.

It happened in the Abita Nursery subdivision this morning in St. Tammany Parish.

Sheriff Jack Strain says both the girl and the father died from apparent gunshot wounds.

He says they are currently working the case as "a double homicide."

Strain noted, however, until they get more information; "it is still quite possible it was a murder-suicide."

The coroner is conducting autopsies. 

The sheriff says the parents were in the middle of a custody dispute and noted there have been domestic violence and mental health calls to the home.

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