BALTIMORE, NOV. 20 -- A father and daughter were stabbed to death in West Baltimore and three persons were injured when an argument between two men on a city street expanded to take in other family members, Baltimore police said.

One of those injured, Warren Childs, 26, was being questioned by homicide detectives early today following the melee about 8:30 p.m. Thursday in an alley off Monroe Street.

Another woman, who police said was washing blood from her shoes in the house where Childs was found, also was being questioned.

Dead are John Austin, 37, and his daughter Tonya Corbett, who would have turned 18 today. Both were pronounced dead on the scene, said Lt. Larry Leeson.

Leeson said an argument broke between Childs and Brian Corbett, 26, and others joined in.

At some point, Leeson said, a knife was pulled out. Two knives were retrieved, one at the scene and one from Childs' house, he said.

Brian Corbett, believed by police to be Austin's brother or brother-in-law, was listed in critical but stable condition at University Hospital with a broken left shoulder and four stab wounds in the back. He ran from the scene to a house about a block away and collapsed, Leeson said.

David Elerby, 27, who lived with Austin and his daughter, was listed in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with five stab wounds in his back.

Police found Elerby bleeding in the living room of a house a few doors away from the alley, and police said he had run to the house after being stabbed. Police said it was possible he was related to the other three victims.

The two persons taken in for questioning Thursday night were residents of the house next to the alley.

Childs was found by police in the house with a stab wound in his left upper thigh. He was treated at Bon Secours Hospital.