Arrest Made in Murder of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl

The arrested is a local father of five who went to school with the victim's dad
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2015 1:17 PM CST
Arrest Made in Murder of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl
Gabbi Doolin's family comforts each other during a vigil for her last Sunday in Scottsville, Kentucky. An arrest was made in connection with the 7-year-old's murder Friday.   (Miranda Pederson/Daily News via AP)

Kentucky police have made an arrest in the murder of 7-year-old Gabbi Doolin, WHAS reports. Timothy Madden was arrested Friday in connection with the crime and is facing charges, though no charges have been released, according to WKRN. WKYT reports the 38-year-old Madden is from the same small town—Scottsville—where Doolin was murdered last Saturday during a youth football game, and he went to high school with Doolin's father. It's the same high school from which Doolin disappeared less than 30 minutes before her death. Madden is a father of five, according to WKRN.

Doolin was attending her brother's youth football game last Saturday night when she got lost in a crowd. Her disappearance was noted quickly, and the game was stopped while her family and others looked for her. Twenty-five minutes later, her body was found in a creek behind the school. An autopsy confirmed Doolin's death as a homicide, but a cause of death has not been released, WKRN reports. According to WKYT, police searched a property—which possibly belongs to Madden—on the night of Doolin's death. (More child murder stories.)

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