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Owings murder-suicide kills three, injures one

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Three people were found dead inside the home in Owings in Calvert County Tuesday morning. Photo: Brad Bell
Frank Hayward was the father who was killed. Photo: Calvert County Sheriff's Office

A mother, father and their 2-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday morning inside their Calvert County home in what officials believe was a murder-suicide.

Calvert County Sheriff's officials say the girl, identified as Natalee Hayward, and his mother, 31-year-old Cynthia Hayward, and father, 32-year-old Frank Hayward, were found dead inside a home in the 1800 block of Candlelight Court in Owings.

A 12-year-old, identified as Frank Hayward III, was flown to an area hospital with critical neck and burn injuries.

The incident began at about 8:30 a.m., when according to sources, a woman who managed to get out of the home called the Calvert County Sheriff to report an escalating domestic situation. Sources say that the father, Frank, had a gun.

However, by the time deputies descended on the home in the Fairview community of Owings, it may have been too late. When they arrived, deputies say they found a barricade situation and that Frank was inside the home making threats.

Neighbors then say a SWAT team circled the home. When an armored vehicle approached the door during the 90-minute long barricade, they heard the sound of what could have been gunshots.

When the SWAT team entered the home, officials say they found the two adults and the younger child dead. The house was on fire when deputies entered the house.

Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans confirmed that the department believes that the deaths were a result of a murder-suicide. He also believes that they got the 12-year-old boy out within seconds of it being too late.

Officials say the only prior issue reported with the home or the Hayward family was a welfare check that had been made this past May. Nothing out of the ordinary was found during that check.

However, neighbors say the couple, who according to court records got divorced in 2007, was planning to separate and had put the house up for sale.

The shooting rattled the community, including a 13-year-old friend of Frank III who said the boy told him that he was having a rough time at home.

"He used to have problems with his family," neighbor Jacob Cwiek told ABC 7 with his father's permission. "His dad would be rough on him."

Jacob's father, Matt, says the entire ordeal makes very little sense.

"To do this and take a 2-year-old's life and try to kill everybody is ridiculous," Cwiek said.

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