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Medical Examiner: 2 dead in New Richmond fire were stabbed

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NEW RICHMOND, Wis. (AP) -- A mother and daughter found dead in a New Richmond house fire were likely stabbed.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner says the deaths of 30-year-old Courtney Bradford and 10-year-old Jasmine Bradford were homicides.

The fire was reported Wednesday afternoon after a report of smoke. Fire crews arrived to find Courtney Bradford upstairs and Jasmine in the basement.

KSTP-TV reports the medical examiner says Courtney Bradford had stab wounds to her neck and torso, and Jasmine had stab wounds to her neck.

Police say they arrested an ex-boyfriend of Bradford in El Paso, Texas on fraud charges. Police Chief Mark Samelstad says he's a "subject of prime interest" in the deaths.

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