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Sarasota deputies: Man kills his daughter before taking his own life

A 34-year-old man had texted the child's mother that the baby might have died, deputies say.
Credit: WTSP

BEE RIDGE, Fla. — It's believed a man killed his 2-year-old daughter before ending his own life Friday evening.

Deputies were called around 7:30 p.m. to the area of Stardust Place and Bee Ridge Road and learned 34-year-old Miguel Angel Castillo-Hernandez texted about the possible death of his baby, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

The text was sent to the child's mother, deputies say.

After a "be on the lookout" was issued for Castillo-Hernandez, he eventually was found with the child in a wooded area near Bee Ridge Road and Honore Avenue.

It appeared he and his daughter needed immediate medical care; CPR was performed on both of them, but it was not successful, deputies say. The baby was taken to an area hospital and was pronounced dead.

It's suspected Castillo-Hernandez and the baby died as a result of asphyxiation. 

The sheriff's office is calling their deaths a murder-suicide, and there are no other people wanted in this crime.

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