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Mother, infant killed; man held

A 38-year-old man is being held for murder in the death of a woman and her infant daughter in this small city just across the New York State border.

Waide Nolf has been charged with killing 24-year-old Tonya Haight and her three-week-old daughter, Tamara, on March 19 in the bathtub of the residence they shared with several other people.

Nolf was arraigned Saturday and remanded to McKean County Jail without bail.

Police in Bradford, located about 77 miles south of Buffalo, said they received a 911 call from the home, where they found the woman and baby dead and soaking wet, according to the Associated Press.

Nolf initially told police that he found the mother and daughter in the bathroom, and believed Haight must have had a seizure and fell in the tub.

After a follow-up interview by police, Nolf said he became angry with Haight and pushed her into the tub while she held the baby, according to The Bradford Era.

He then turned on the water in the tub and held her head under water until she stopped resisting, according to the newspaper, which cited court papers.

Nolf's relationship to the victims is unclear, but police said the other people living at the residence included Haight's husband, the father of the baby.

Autopsy results are pending.


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