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Parents, infant killed in apparent murder-suicide in Frederick County

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A five-year-old girl is the only survivor of an apparent murder-suicide in Frederick County.

The sheriff's office says deputies found the girl’s parents and three-month-old brother shot to death inside their New Market home just after 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

Investigators believe the girl may have been inside the house for as long as five hours before running to a neighbor’s house for help.

Sheriff's investigators first thought the little girl may have been hiding inside the house all that time, but after a second interview Thursday, they are not so sure about that.

The exact details are still unclear, but investigators think the murders may have taken place as early as 3 p.m.

The house on Woods Court sits on a hillside at the end of a cul-de-sac overlooking a lake.

Tax records show it was purchased last year by Benyam Asefa and Barbara Giomarelli -- one a biologist and the other a marine biologist and native of Italy.

On closer inspection, you can see the glass in the skylight over the living room had been smashed to pieces and anyone looking through the window in the front door could see the aftermath of what appeared to be a struggle.

"As the investigation is moving forward, we are getting a clearer vision of what occurred and we are confident and (will) be able to detail that later," said Captain Tim Clarke with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Clarke says a handgun was found at the scene, but he was unwilling to say who did the shooting.

The five-year-old did not witness the violence.

"Everybody knows the capabilities of a five-year-old. Obviously it's something we have to handle in a delicate manner,” said Clarke. “The mental state of the child, obviously someone that age perceives things differently than adults, and so we have to take that information and confirm it with others or evidence found at the scene.”

When reporters visited the cul-de-sac on Thursday, neighbors were either not home or they declined to be interviewed.

It's unclear where the couple has been working. A spokesman for the University of Maryland says Barbara Giomarelli had a temporary job as a marine biologist at the Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore, which she left last February, and her husband had most recently been an adjunct professor of biology at Hood College while working at the National Cancer Institute.

The Italian media says Giomarelli is from Siena and the sheriff’s office says her family is en route to the United States.

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