Grandmother charged with murder in Oxford double homicide

29-year-old father, 7-month-old daughter found murdered in Oxford home

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PONTIAC, Mich. – A 65-year-old grandmother is charged with two counts of premeditated first degree murder in the case of a father and his infant daughter who were found killed inside a home in Oxford.

The deaths of 29-year-old Daryne Gailey and 7-month-old Charley Hendrick were ruled homicides last week. They were found killed Nov. 23 in Gailey's home.

Gailey's mother, Sylvia Majewska, was the only person found alive at the home. She has been at a hospital since the killings. She's still in the hospital under police guard.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said during a Monday news conference that the woman had planned to kill her son and his daughter.

"For whatever reason she came to the conclusion that the son and the child would be better off if they weren't alive, sadly," said Bouchard.

Bouchard said it appears the grandmother may have attempted suicide after the murders. She was found bleeding when deputies arrived at the home.

Police found a box cutter at the scene. They say Gailey's throat was slashed. Charley died from blunt force trauma to her head.

Majewska's preliminary examination is scheduled for the morning of Dec. 18.

People in the neighborhood can't believe this would happen to a man they knew as a devoted new father.

-- Daryne Gailey and 7-month-old Charley Hendrick

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