Cops: Man Fatally Shoots 3, Takes Daughter

Pennsylvania father arrested with girl, 4, in Ohio
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2012 11:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man in south-central Pennsylvania confronting his wife about custody arrangements for their daughter shot to death three people, then fled with the 4-year-old girl before the two were found about 250 miles away in Ohio, authorities said today. Kevin Matthew Cleeves was trying to contact his wife yesterday to make arrangements to pick up his daughter Leia, but she didn't answer the phone, so he went to a home in Quincy Township, the (Waynesboro) Record-Herald reported, citing court records.

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Police said Cleeves, 35, found a woman and man sitting in a car and began arguing with them, then was ordered to leave. He then shot to death both of them and another woman and took the girl, authorities alleged. An alert was issued last night but was canceled hours later after the pair were found in Austintown in northeastern Ohio, outside Youngstown. Police did not immediately identify the victims. (Read more Pennsylvania stories.)

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