The bodies were found Monday by relatives who had not heard from the family for several days.

MINK SHOALS, W.Va. (AP) — The alleged suspect in an apparent double murder-suicide at a West Virginia home had been arrested earlier this year on a domestic violence charge, officials said.

The man was identified as Donald “DJ” Thomas, 29, of Charleston, who was found with a gun believed to have been used in the incident next to him, news outlets reported, citing a statement Tuesday from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office. His wife, Alicia Thomas, 24, of Charleston, and their 5-year-old daughter, Myra Thomas, were also dead inside the home in Mink Shoals, the sheriff’s office said.

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The couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Lona Thomas, was listed in critically stable condition at a hospital after surgery to remove a bullet from her head, the statement said.

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The bodies were found Monday by relatives who had not heard from the family for several days.

Donald Thomas had been arrested in February on a domestic violence charge, but Kanawha Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Brian Humphreys said the case was dismissed in June after the alleged victim did not appear in court.

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