Murdered Saginaw girl lived in 'polyamorous' household

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on July 9, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 9 at 7:36 PM

SAGINAW — The family of Alanna Gallagher, who was found murdered and wrapped in a tarp last week, addressed for the first time speculation swirling about their home life.

Miles McDaniel, listed on the six-year-old's obituary as one of Alanna's two fathers, explained that he, Karl Gallagher and Laura Gallagher are in a "polyamorous" relationship and co-parent the family's children.

"Anybody who knows the family knows there are three parents in the family," McDaniel said. "Talk to school; talk to the church."

McDaniel made the statement following a marathon question-and-answer session with investigators at the Saginaw Police Department.

He said he was requested to come down, and spent the afternoon and early evening hours on Tuesday talking about Alanna.

"There were a lot of questions," McDaniel said. "I think they might be cross-checking answers given by Laura and Karl when they did interviews."

Police have said since last week that no one in the family is a suspect in the murder case, but details in a search warrant first obtained by News 8 on Monday showcased a long list of items — more than 100 — that FBI and other investigators removed from the family home.

It includes DNA and possible blood swabs, computers, dozens of rolls of toilet paper, restraints, and hot tub water.

McDaniel asked for continued support in finding his daughter's killer.

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