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Alex Cabrero
Authorities are investigating a triple homicide that left three dead in a house located about 20 miles west of Malad near the Utah/Idaho border. A 2-year-old girl and 2-month-old baby were found safe. Marijuana was being grown in the house's basement and as many as 70 pit bulls were being raised on the property.

HOLBROOK, Idaho — The Oneida County Sheriff's Office on Monday announced that officers had completed processing the crime scene where three people were found dead in a house near the Utah-Idaho border.

The bodies of Brent L. Christensen, 61, Trent Jon Christensen, 32, and Yavette Chivon Carter, 27, were discovered Friday on a remote property outside of Malad, Idaho.

About 70 pit bulls — some of them believed to have been trained for fighting — were also found on the property, along with nearly 40 marijuana plants. A dog fighting ring and treadmills to train the dogs were also discovered.

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On Monday, the dogs were removed from the property by the Idaho Humane Society, according to the sheriff's office, to be placed into shelters and receive a checkup by a veterinarian.

Two young girls, ages 2 and 2 months, were also found in the house. The girls were the daughters of Trent Christensen and Carter. They were uninjured — the 2-month-old found in the clenched arms of her dead mother — and placed in custody of Carter's grandmother.

Sheriff's investigators had not released a possible motive as of Monday but did not believe the killings were random.

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