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RIO RANCHO, NM – The 6-year-old girl found dead in her home’s garage was naked from the waist down and had damage to her genitals.

Ariana Jade Romeo was found dead on Saturday morning inside her home’s garage, which was also a makeshift bedroom described as being in “total disarray” by police.

Her body was in bloody sheets on a piece of foam that was acting as a mattress. The girl was not wearing pants or underwear and there was damage to her genitals.

Lying nearby was a marijuana pipe and prescription medications.

How the girl died has not been released, but search warrants stated police were looking for items that could be used to strangle or beat someone.

Neighbors say the girl lived at the home with her mother and older kids were often seen going in-and-out of the home. She had only been living at the home for a short time.

While no one has been arrested at this time, here’s some interesting information regarding the man who owns the home, 63-year-old Winston Scates.

Scates has been in trouble in the past for allegedly not being able to keep his hands of children.

In 2011, a 4-year-old girl told police Scates had molested her in the same home Ariana was found dead. She said Scates locked her in a bathroom and duct-taped her mouth. She said he touched her with a toy while in the bathtub, and in another room.

When questioned, Scates said he was out of town at the time these incidents supposedly happened. He also admitted he’d been accused of inappropriately touching children before.

No charges were ever filed against Scates due to a lack of cooperation from the girl’s guardians.

At the time of her death, Ariana’s father was fighting for custody so he could bring her to Florida where he lives with one of Ariana’s brothers.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help cover the expenses to get Ariana’s body to Florida and for her funeral.

The organizers say any money left over will be donated to the National Children’s Alliance.

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