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Oceanside Homicide: 7-Year-Old Girl Found Dead; Father Arrested

A map of the 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive in Oceanside where a 7-year-old was found dead with trauma in her upper body on July 31, 2019.
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A map of the 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive in Oceanside where a 7-year-old was found dead with trauma in her upper body on July 31, 2019.

A 7-year-old girl was found dead Wednesday in an Oceanside home and her father, 27-year-old Pedro Araujo, was arrested in suspicion of her death, Oceanside police said.

Police were called to Araujo's home on 3500 block of Las Vegas Drive around 11:30 a.m. when the girl’s grandmother came to pick her and her 6-year-old sister up, Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said.

When the grandmother, Araujo's mother, could only find the girl’s sister, she called police, he said.

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When police arrived, they found the girl, identified as Mariah, in the bathroom with trauma to the upper body, Bussey said. Araujo was arrested at the scene in connection to her death, he said.

Police do not know the relationship between Araujo and the girl’s mother nor the whereabouts of the girl’s mother at the time of her death.

This is a developing story. We will update as the situation develops.

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