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Mother of 10-year-old western Pa. girl slain in home invasion facing crack-selling charges

The mother of a 10-year-old southwestern Pennsylvania girl who was fatally shot in an apparent home invasion attempt is awaiting trial on charges she sold crack cocaine to an undercover informant.

But police in the city of Washington are stopping short of saying that's why the apartment was targeted by gunfire that killed Taniyah Thomas before dawn Monday.

Police say the girl was going from her bedroom to her mother's when a shot fired through their apartment door struck Taniyah in the head.

Police say Taniyah's mother was arrested on the drug charges in January. The mother's live-in boyfriend also has drug-related convictions in 2011 and 2013.

Police have questioned the couple but have yet to name or arrest any suspects in the shooting.

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