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      Father of murder suspect also charged in deaths

      Hiralkumar Gopaldas was arrested June 28th for the murders of his wife and her mother. / Tonya Brown

      Florence County deputies charged Ranjit Gopaldas Kalabhai, 55, two counts of Murder in the deaths of his daughter-in-law and her mother on June 25.

      Punam Gopaldas and Vinaben Patel were found dead in Gopaldas home in the Country Club of South Carolina. Deputies say they found the couple's 2-year-old son lying next to his mother's body. Punam and Hiralkumar Gopaldas were divorcing and in a custody battle for the 2-year-old.

      Investigators arrested Hiralkumar on June 28. He's also charged with two counts of murder.

      According to Investigators, witnesses and evidence place Kalabhai, Hiralkumar's father, at the home at or about the estimated time of the murders.

      He is being held at the Florence County Detention Center.

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