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Father Slashed Daughter, Another Girl With Machete in Lauderhill: Police

Police said the father was taken into custody, and the motive for the incident remains under investigation

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Two girls were rushed to the hospital after the father of one slashed them with a machete in Lauderhill Friday, authorities said.

Officers responded to a 911 call after the incident happened around 10 a.m. in the 1100 block of Northwest 44th Terrace.

"The frantic caller stated that there was an individual chopping up females," Lauderhill Police Lt. Mike Santiago said. "The person who committed this act was the father of one of the children, he showed up this morning, there was some sort of domestic dispute.”

Lauderhill Police officials said the father attacked his 10-year-old daughter and the girl's 17-year-old half-sister with the machete. One was stabbed in the neck, the other in the head and arm. Police had initially said both girls were the man's daughters.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue officials said the two children suffered major lacerations and were taken to Broward Health Medical Center. Both were expected to survive.

The incident started when the father, identified as 47-year-old Dennis Reid, got into an argument with the mother and tried to attack her, police said. The mother wasn't injured, and Reid fled the scene.

Police said Reid's other daughter, a 5-year-old, was also in the home at the time but wasn't injured.

Reid later turned himself in and was being questioned, police said. The motive for the incident remains under investigation.

No other information was immediately known.

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