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ATLANTA (WAOK/AP) — Atlanta police say a woman and child were found dead inside a home after the woman’s new husband surrendered to police following a standoff.

Police said 32-year-old Joseph Rennato Smith was arrested following negotiations at his family’s home. Police said his wife of about a month, 34-year-old Shatikey Griffin, and her 12-year-old daughter were found dead in the home. Smith was only married to Griffin for a month. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the victims were identified by Griffin’s father, Thaddeus Griffin.

Thaddeus Griffin said Smith did not show up for a family gathering Saturday night and they didn’t know where he was until the standoff.

Duwon Robinson, a family member of Griffin, says they are all surprised at the murder.

Police in East Point are also expected to charge Smith with the death of 36-year-old Loveitt Wallace, identified as Smith’s girlfriend. Her body was found in a room at the Wellesley Inn on Sunday morning.

Smith is currently incarcerated at the Fulton County Jail.

Submitted by: Brent Yancy, Student Writer


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