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Woman charged in death of father

A 68-year-old Lynn woman was arraigned Monday at Union Hospital on charges of killing her father and two family dogs, a spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office said.

After a neighbor reported that he had not seen Nancy Baker or her 89-year-old father, Donald, for several days, Lynn police went to their home at 109 Jefferson St. on Sunday, said Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokeswoman for the district attorney.

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Upon arrival, police discovered a strong odor of decomposition, a large amount of blood, and the bodies of the dogs, who appeared to have been stabbed to death, Kimball-Monahan said. They then found Baker slightly injured in a bed with the corpse of her father lying on the floor nearby.

Nancy Baker was taken to Union Hospital for minor injuries. Kimball-Monahan could not say if the injuries were self-inflicted. An autopsy is pending to determine Donald Baker’s cause of death.

When a call was made to the Baker residence Monday night, a woman answered, but would not comment on the incident.

A plea of not guilty was ­entered on Baker’s behalf at the hospital to the charges of murder and animal cruelty. Her next court date is May 22 for a probable-cause hearing.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at Haven.Egresitz@
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