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Tabitha Belmonte holds her daughter Emma Cox in this undated photo.

Orphaned baby stays with dad's family

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A court order issued Tuesday gives temporary custody of an infant girl to the parents of her father, who authorities say killed the child's mother and then himself in a murder-suicide last week.


In his order granting the custody request of paternal grandparents Darrin and Catherine Cox, Otter Tail County Judge Waldemar Senyk cited the stability of their home, the child care they've provided since the girl was born in August and the relationship they have formed with the baby.

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