7-Year-Old Found Dead Inside Home, Father Arrested as Suspect

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Oceanside, CA—A 7-year-old was found dead inside an Oceanside home on the morning of Wednesday, July 31, leading to the arrest of her father, police said.

According to Oceanside Police, the suspect’s mother was called to the home on the 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive around 11 a.m. to pick up the suspect’s two children.

When the woman went inside to pick up the children, she noticed blood on the father, Pedro Araujo, 27, police said.

After leaving the home with one of the children, a 6-year-old girl, police said the woman called 911.

Police arrived and, after searching through the home, found the body of the 7-year-old girl.

Araujo was arrested and taken into custody, police said.

“I’m shocked,” said neighbor Tina Torres of the crime scene in her neighborhood. “When I left the house this morning, everything was calm.”

“It’s very sad,” Torres added.

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