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Daughter Killed During Supervised Visit at Counseling Center

November 3, 1992

DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) _ A man fatally shot his 6-year-old daughter and critically wounded a social worker during a supervised visit at a counseling center, state police said.

Ayla Rose Moylan was meeting with her father, Diego Vas, at the Child Protection Council shortly before 6 p.m. Monday when he pulled out a handgun, state police spokesman Lt. Dan Stebbins said.

Vas, 40, then shot and killed the girl before wounding the social worker, Stebbins said. He fled and was still at large this morning, authorities said.

The woman, Joyce L. Lannan, 36, was taken to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., with gunshot wounds in both wrists, her left shoulder and near her right eye, emergency medical technicians said. She was listed in serious but stable condition this morning, state police said.

Police said the shootings occurred during a scheduled session between the girl, her mother and Vas. The mother, JoAnn Daigle, was not injured in the shootings, Stebbins said. The couple were never married and were not living together, he said.

Child Protection Center officials did not immediately return a telephone call this morning seeking detail on the why the family meetings were under their supervision.

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