OWEN COUNTY, Ind. (March 30, 2016) – The man charged in the death of 1-year-old Shaylyn Ammerman is on suicide watch while awaiting trial in the Owen County Jail.
Kyle Parker, 22, was charged with rape and murder in the girl’s death. Officials at the Owen County Jail indicated there were no specific incidents necessitating a suicide watch for Parker and said all suspects booked on such serious charges are automatically placed on that status as a precaution.
In court documents released in the case Monday, Parker told his stepfather that he “was not going to prison for the rest of his life and was going to commit suicide.” His stepfather also said that “he felt Kyle would kill himself if he was allowed to leave the interview and go home.”
Parker is accused of killing Shaylyn, who disappeared from her home in Spencer, Ind., on March 22. She was reported missing the following morning. Police found her body on Thursday, March 24, after Parker indicated on a map where he left the body. He was arrested Thursday; formal charges were filed Monday.
According to court documents, Parker confessed to his stepfather that he killed the little girl. In court Monday, a not guilty plea was entered on Parker’s behalf. He’s being held without bond.
Parker faces several charges in connection with the girl’s death, including murder, rape, kidnapping, strangulation and aggravated assault. A jury trial has been scheduled for August.