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Girl, 3, found home alone with her dad’s dead body

By Mason White 11:38 AM October 24, 2013
Aryana Stanley reunited with her mother 

By: Debbi Gross
(Scroll down for video) A man died while spending court ordered visitation with his little daughter.

Philadelphia Police said that a 3-year-old girl was left all alone in an apartment for 30 hours after her father was shot dead.

Armone Stanley, 34, who lived in Philadelphia, was killed in a hail of gunfire in the stairwell of his apartment while his daughter was with him.

“The little girl, Aryana Stanley, hid in a closet after she saw her father dead on the stairs where he was shot 19 times,” Armone Stanley’s mother, Eloise Bryant, said.

“My daddy was asleep, and I went down to wake him up,” the little girl later told police. “He wouldn’t wake up,” she said.

Bryant said her son was carrying his daughter’s luggage down the stairs when he was shot. Stanley was on his way to the airport to bring little Aryana back to her mother, who lives in South Florida.

When the girl saw her father’s bleeding body she went to the apartment and locked herself in a closet.

When Aryana did not arrive with her flight, the family sensed that something was wrong and called Stanley’s landlord to check on him. The landlord found the corpse in the stairwell of the three-family home, Bryant said.

Bryant also said that she couldn’t understand how her son’s body wasn’t found sooner as he was lying on the stairs where people pass all the time.

“He stayed there all day and all night, and my baby was up there in the closet and hungry,” the distraught grandmother said.
Aryana was later released to her mother, Anna Cassieri.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday. Police were still trying to identify a suspect.