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Man Allegedly Rapes, Kills Baby

| by Sean Kelly

A man from Spencer, Indiana, was charged on March 28 in the rape and murder of a 1-year-old girl.

Kyle Parker was arrested in the death of Shaylyn Ammerman on the same day the girl’s body was found, on March 24, near a river. An autopsy revealed that the girl died from asphyxiation. 

On the night the baby disappeared, 22-year-old Parker was reportedly at the girl’s home. Her parents reported her missing early the next morning. Parker allegedly abducted the girl and raped her, then tried to pin it on her family. He had used bleach on her body and his own in an attempt to destroy evidence.

A medical examiner said the case was the worst instance of sexual trauma she had ever seen, and the autopsy for Shaylyn revealed “numerous very apparent injuries sustained in a sexual assault.”

Parker, a friend of Shaylyn’s father, Justin Ammerman, was reportedly seen leaving the house around 3 or 4 a.m. Ammerman’s brother, Adam, said he saw Parker leaving, carrying something, and “thought he saw a foot dangling from Kyle [Parker’s] side but was not certain so he went back to bed.”

“When things happen, it's usually not a stranger,” Prevent Child Abuse Indiana Director Sandy Runkle told IndyStar. “Over 90 percent of the time, it's someone a child knows."

Parker reportedly confessed the crime to his stepfather, Mike Patton, after saying he could not live with himself if he did not tell police what happened, WXIN reported. Patton said his stepson told him “the police would have the truth once they found Shaylyn’s body and the DNA with it.”

“It is awful my heart is broken, I pray to God my brother didn't do it. I love my brother, I'm in shock and I just can't believe any of these charges ... I'm so upset,” Parker’s sister, Bree Smith, said in a statement, reports WXIN.

Parker was charged with rape, murder, child molesting, kidnapping, strangulation and aggravated battery in Shaylyn’s death. He was also charged with obstruction of justice and failure to report a dead body.

Sources: WXIN, IndyStar / Photo credit: Indiana State Police via IndyStar

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