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Names of two juveniles killed in Melrose released

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Published: Aug. 27, 2020 at 6:14 PM EDT
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MELROSE, Fla. (WCJB) - A quiet neighborhood still searching for answers on Thursday.

“If anything happens, it’s like two or three cops at a time,” Melrose resident Vicki Davis said. “Wednesday it was more than 20 cops, two ambulances, and a fire truck. I have never seen anything like that before.”

The first responders were on their way to a double homicide in Davis’ neighborhood.

Two teenagers, 12-year old Robert Baker and 14-year-old Tayton Baker, were found dead in a home near Melrose on Wednesday. According to Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Allison Merritt, the mother and father are fully cooperating with detectives.

“Investigators continue to search for answers,” said Merritt. “They’ve been in and out of the house all day on Thursday.”

Merritt says there were at least four people in the home during the incident, two were uninjured. The cause of death for both boys have yet to be released, and the bodies were sent to Daytona for autopsy.

According to a post on the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, they have released limited information to try and get justice for the two boys who died. They went on to say people spreading rumors and theories are not helping the investigation.

PCSO is asking for help from anybody who may have seen anything suspicious in the area before 10:30 a.m..

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