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Doctor Held In Seattle Slayings

SEATTLE, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A Seattle doctor was ordered jailed pending further investigation into the slayings of his domestic partner and their adopted child.

Dr. Louis Chen, 39, was discovered last week with stab wounds in the apartment where the bodies of his male partner, Eric Cooper, and their 2-year-old son, were also found.

A King County judge ruled Saturday that Chen would be booked into jail once he recovers from wounds considered not to be life-threatening. KOMO-TV said prosecutors have until Tuesday to file charges against the physician.

A source told the Seattle Times members of Chen’s family had flown in from Taiwan and had retained a lawyer.

Chen and Cooper had recently moved to Seattle from North Carolina, where Chen had completed a residency in endocrinology, the Seattle said. Chen was supposed to begin his new job at Virginia Mason Hospital and had missed an orientation session Thursday.

The Times said the couple had been together since Chen was a medical student in Chicago. They had lived together in San Diego and Minnesota as well as Raleigh before moving to Seattle about a month ago. There were indications Cooper had returned to Raleigh in recent weeks for unknown reasons.

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