DAVIE, Fla. - A father, his 6-year-old daughter and a dog were found dead inside a minivan outside a Davie apartment complex Thursday morning, police said.
It has not been confirmed, but the deaths appear to be a case of murder-suicide caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.
Police identified the father as Paul Andrade, 30, of Hollywood.
Two youngsters walking to school notified authorities after seeing an aluminum hose running from the exhaust pipe of a silver and blue minivan into one of its windows.
Officers answering a call that came about 6:40 a.m. found that "a man, a child and a dog appeared to be deceased in the vehicle," said Davie Police Capt. Dale Engle.
The distraught mother of the child was seen rocking the girl in her arms. First responders attempted to revive the girl, but it was too late, Engle said.
No identities have yet been released, but Engle said the woman and her husband broke up about a year ago and that the woman had recently remarried. "The father was upset over that," he said.
According to Engle, the father, who lives in Hollywood, had regular visitations with his daughter. He had one such visit Wednesday night.
At some point during the night, he returned to the mother's residence at the Davie Corral Apartments and attached a hose to the rear exhaust of the minivan and placed the other end of the hose inside one of the vehicle's windows, Engle said. The hose looks similar to the type used in household dryers.
The dog that was found alongside the man and 6-year-old girl is believed to be a pit bull mix.
A police investigation into the incident is continuing.
This developing news story will be updated as soon as additional information is available.
Sun Sentinel photographer Joe Cavaretta contributed to this story.
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