Pregnant Mom, Daughter Found Dead After Fire

By David Chang and Dan Stamm
|  Tuesday, Nov 26, 2013  |  Updated 7:23 AM EDT
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Police consider the stabbing deaths and fire to be a murder investigation.

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Police consider the stabbing deaths and fire to be a murder investigation.

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Friends and family of 22-year-old Ebony Talley remain in disbelief.

"She was a good person," said Talley's cousin, Dani Hodges. "She took care of her daughter. She loved her sisters and brother."

Talley, who was 6-months pregnant, and her 4-year-old daughter R'Mani Rankins were found dead inside an apartment complex in Bristol Township, Pa. following a fire.

The fire broke out at the Avalon Court Apartment Complex on the 3500 block of Bristol Oxford Valley Road -- not far from the Pennsylvania Turnpike -- Monday afternoon. Firefighters controlled the blaze shortly after.

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Officials soon discovered the bodies of Talley and R'Mani, who were staying with a friend inside the complex. Talley was pronounced dead at the scene. R'Mani was taken to the hospital where she later died.

According to the Bucks County District Attorney's Office, someone stabbed both Talley and her daughter and set a fire to cover it up.

"It's too fast," said Marquis Johnson, a friend of the victims. "It sounds fishy. It sounds like they were set up or something like that."

Family members believe that the person responsible must have known Talley because they would have been inside the apartment together when she was killed.

"She didn't deserve this," Hodges said. "And her daughter definitely didn't deserve this."

Bristol Police and the Bucks County District Attorney's Office investigated into the evening and said they would return to the scene Tuesday morning. They did not immediately release information on any suspects.

Officials said six people were displaced during the fire. The American Red Cross assisted them with the basic necessities.

 


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