Police: Dad may have given 3-year-old fatal overdose before suicide

Police: Dad may have given 3-year-old fatal overdose before suicide

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Police said Mark Coronado killed his daughter in a room at the Hampton Inn on West Broad Street in Athens.
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  • Officials aren’t sure how a father killed his daughter and himself.
  • Their bodies were discovered Dec. 23 in an Athens hotel.

A 49-year-old Athens man may have given his 3-year-old a fatal overdose before committing suicide last month, police say.

Mark Coronado killed his daughter in a room at the Hampton Inn on West Broad Street in Athens, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

Hotel staff found the bodies after forcing their way into the room Dec. 23.

The deaths have been ruled a murder-suicide and officials will know more about the manner of the girl’s death when toxicology results come in, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez could not say whether an injection or other manner of overdose was suspected.

Both bodies were brought to the GBI lab in Atlanta for autopsies.

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