SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man and charged him with killing his girlfriend and her daughter.
Berkeley County sheriff’s deputies say 22-year-old Jacob Theopholis Philip was arrested in Virginia Beach Wednesday. Philip has been charged with two counts of murder and is awaiting extradition to South Carolina.
Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Kaney and 8-year-old Riley Burdick were found dead in their home Tuesday.
Authorities say Philip is a student at the Nuclear Power Training School in Goose Creek.
Coroner Bill Salisbury says the cause of death for Kaney will be released after toxicology tests. Officials say the girl was strangled.
Salisbury says deputies found the bodies Tuesday after a social worker from Sangaree Intermediate School went to the house to check on why the girl had not been to school this week.
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