SW Missouri man charged with killing woman, toddler

Thursday, March 29, 2007

NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -- A southwest Missouri man was arrested Thursday in Oklahoma in the killings of a Missouri woman and her 19-month-old daughter.

Michael J. Vincent, 40, of rural Granby in Newton County, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Tammy Mahan, 36, and her daughter, Faithanne Vincent. The two were found dead late Wednesday night in a Granby mobile home.

Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said Vincent was arrested in Delaware County, Okla., on Thursday afternoon and was being held on $2 million bond pending extradition to Newton County.

Copeland said deputies went to the Granby mobile home after the victims' relatives called saying they had not been able to contact the victims for a couple of days.

An autopsy is not done, but preliminary signs are that Mahan died from stab wounds and her daughter from suffocation, Copeland said.

Information from: The Joplin Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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