Man arrested in death of 7-year-old girl at football game

A memorial with candles, teddy bear and flowers was set up in memory of Gabriella Doolin during a vigil for her Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Scottsville, Kentucky. The body of Gabriella, 7, was found in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School on Saturday evening, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 3 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her death is being investigated by KSP detectives as a homicide. (Miranda Pederson/Daily News via AP)

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police say they have made an arrest in the death of a 7-year-old Kentucky girl whose body was found in a creek during a football game.

Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School in south-central Kentucky.

A search began, and Gabriella’s body was found about 25 minutes later in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school.

Timothy Madden, 38, of Scottsville was taken into custody in the case, Trooper B.J. Eaton said Friday in a news release. No further information was immediately released.

Eaton said the girl was playing during the game with other children. The creek where her body was found was just a few hundred yards from the football field.

An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled the girl’s death a homicide. State police have not released other details of the autopsy, including the manner of death.

Doolin’s funeral was held Thursday at Scottsville Baptist Church. Members of the Scottsville community lined the streets holding pink and blue balloons to release as a hearse drove by carrying girl.

Amy Doolin, Gabriella's mother, stands in Gabriella Doolin's room on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at their home in Adolphus, Ky. The death of a 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin, whose body was found in an Allen County creek, is being investigated as a murder, Kentucky State Police said. Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School. Gabriella's body was found about 25 minutes later in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school. An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled the girl's death a homicide. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)
Amy Doolin, Gabriella’s mother, stands in Gabriella Doolin’s room on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, at their home in Adolphus, Ky. The death of a 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin, whose body was found in an Allen County creek, is being investigated as a murder, Kentucky State Police said. Gabriella Doolin was reported missing around 7:40 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School. Gabriella’s body was found about 25 minutes later in a creek in a wooded area behind the high school. An autopsy conducted Sunday ruled the girl’s death a homicide. (Austin Anthony/Daily News via AP)

 

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