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A 36-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter were found shot to death yesterday in their Northwest Baltimore home.

A 2-year-old girl, who was being cared for by the victims and may have witnessed the double slaying inside the house in the 3700 block of Crestfield Court, was not harmed, city police said.

The police last night sought a boyfriend of the older victim for questioning.

The toddler was fully clothed and in good condition except that she was hungry, said Sam Ringgold, a police spokesman.

He identified the victims as Vanessa Price and her daughter, Bianca Price. Each had been shot at least once in the head and had been dead about 24 hours, the spokesman said.

Police were summoned to the house about 4 p.m. after a woman who had gone there to pick up the toddler and was unable to get into the house or find either Ms. Price or her daughter. She had left the toddler with them Tuesday night.

Police found the victims in a second-floor rear bedroom of the house. Ms. Price was on a bed and her daughter on the floor next to it.

Bianca Price was last seen alive about 9 a.m. Wednesday when she left her 3-year-old brother at a local day care center. An employee of the center took the boy home with her that night. He has since been placed with Child Protective Services.

Police believe the shootings occurred shortly after Bianca returned to the house.

Neighbors told police that they had heard screaming Wednesday morning in what had appeared to be a violent argument but had not heard any gunshots.

Vanessa Price and her boyfriend had split up a number of times recently, police said.

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