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Three Siblings Found Dead in Okla. House

August 26, 2005

FORT COBB, Okla. (AP) _ The bodies of three children were discovered in their family’s burned-out house Friday, and their father was in custody as a suspect in their deaths, authorities said.

The children’s father had been served with a protective order the night before the blaze, FBI spokesman Gary Johnson said.

In the petition, Traci Payne alleged her husband had slapped and threatened her and said ``he would kill me, him and the kids,″ Caddo County court records show. She said there ``guns and knives″ in the home and asked that the court keep her husband away from their home and the children.

The bodies of Tye Payne, 5, Keelie Payne, 7, and Cirea Payne, 9, were pulled from their charred house following the early morning fire on Caddo Nation federal trust land.

Their father, Dean Payne, 47, was arrested as a suspect, Johnson said. Federal agents are investigating the case because the children died on Indian land.

The children’s mother was not home at the time of the fire and is unharmed, said Charles Addington, district chief of police for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The exact cause of the children’s deaths was not immediately known, Johnson said.

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