Five Arizona car-in-lake deaths were 'possible murder-suicide'

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The father who drove his family into an Arizona lake early Sunday morning, killing himself, his wife and their three children, possibly committed "murder-suicide," Tempe Police Lt. Michael Pooley said Monday.

The family has been identified as 27-year-old Glenn Edward Baxter, his wife, Danica, 25, and their three children: Zariyah, 1, Nazyiah, 2, and 3-year-old Reighn.

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When the family's SUV plunged into a reservoir in the middle of Tempe just after midnight, witnesses and police followed it in and pulled the parents and two children to shore. The body of a third child, Reighn, wasn't discovered until 10 a.m. Sunday by a dive team.

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Nazyiah briefly survived the incident, though after spending Sunday in "extremely" critical condition, Pooley said, the boy died that afternoon.

Reached by phone, a relative of Baxter's declined to speak to NBC News.

The Associated Press reported that the couple married in April 2012 but separated earlier this year. A relative, George Britt, told the AP that Danica — citing her estranged husband's anger management problems — refused his efforts to get back together.

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An aunt of Danica Baxter, Tamika Franklin, told the AP that her niece "would never do anything to hurt her kids."



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