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Child found alone with dead couple, suspects sought in Parks Twp. shootings

| Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 5:18 p.m.
Police found a child, who was unhurt, along with two deceased people on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in a house on West Fifth Street in Parks Township.
Matthew Medsger | Tribune-Review
Police found a child, who was unhurt, along with two deceased people on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in a house on West Fifth Street in Parks Township.
Armstrong County officials established a command post Monday outside a home in Parks Township, after an uninjured child and the bodies of a man and woman were found.
Matthew Medsger | Tribune-Review
Armstrong County officials established a command post Monday outside a home in Parks Township, after an uninjured child and the bodies of a man and woman were found.

Police are searching for suspects after a toddler was found unharmed with two deceased adults in the Pleasant View neighborhood of Parks Township, according to Armstrong County officials.

District Attorney Scott Andreassi said a relative found the bodies and the child about 3:30 p.m. inside a home in the 1000 block of West Fifth Street before calling 911.

Andreassi would not say whether the child, who was found in a crib, was present when the deaths occurred or if the child is related to the victims.

The Armstrong County Coroner's Office identified the victims as Dawayne Klingensmith, 29, and Heather Swiklinski, 22, both of North Vandergrift, according to Tribune-Review news partner WPXI-TV.

They were pronounced dead at the scene and their deaths are being treated as homicides.

Investigators said gunshots were fired and weapons were found at the scene, according to WPXI. State police, which are leading the investigation, are searching for a suspect bud did not provide additional details.

Andreassi said police obtained a search warrant for the property.

Staff writer Matthew Santoni contributed to this report. Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675, mmedsger@tribweb.com, or via Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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