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Baby dies after uncle runs her over with trailer

By Times Wires
Published June 15, 2003

KISSIMMEE - A man accidentally ran over and killed his 3-month-old niece with a trailer attached to his sport utility vehicle during a family outing, officials said.

The child, Haley Brooke Allen, was taken out of her parent's van and placed behind her uncle's SUV at the Tropical Palms Resort around 3:15 p.m. Friday, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Robert McKeown said. Her mother put the girl's carrier in the shade as they unloaded their belongings from their van, McKeown said.

The baby's uncle, 30-year-old Bradley Moser, of Lakeland, then tried to position the trailer for the night, McKeown said. He hit the baby carrier going backward, then ran over it going forward, troopers said.

The baby was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center, officials said.

The names of Haley's parents were not released. No charges were filed. An investigation was continuing.

3 killed in apparent double murder-suicide

LANTANA - Authorities discovered the bodies of three people killed in an apparent double murder-suicide after responding to a fire inside a one-story home.

The bodies of Orbael Cuenca, 60, his wife, Jeannie Defree, 38, and an unidentified woman were found in the home Friday evening in Lantana, about 9 miles south of West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office said. The two dead women had been severely beaten.

Cuenca allegedly entered the home Friday with a hammer and began beating Defree, her two daughters and another woman who was inside the house trying to help Defree, sheriff's spokeswoman Diane Carhart said.

When Lantana police and deputies reached the house, they were met by a frantic 18-year-old woman, Melissa Camp, and a silent 6-year-old girl, Adriana Cuenca, who managed to escape the hammer attack, authorities said. Both females are Defree's daughters. Orbael Cuenca is Adriana's father.

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