Marion police arrest man after deceased baby found with scalding burns

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The Marion Police Department is investigating the death of a 2-year-old girl, who was left in the care of her mother’s boyfriend.

Officers responded to a residence in the 1500 block of South Miller Avenue at approximately 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.  When they arrived, they located the unresponsive baby girl in the middle of the living room floor.  She was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Police said the child suffered from what appeared to be scalding burns to her face and the front and back of her torso.

The girl and two other children were left in the care of their mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Donald Riddle, who had been living in the apartment for the past couple of months.  Police said the mother called 911 when she found the baby unresponsive in her bed.

Authorities said Riddle fled the residence prior to the arrival of emergency personnel. He was later located at an acquaintance’s residence early Thursday morning.

Riddle was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

The official cause of death for the baby has not been released at this time.

31 comments

  • debbie

    the boyfriend need to get life in prison an we no he already going to get torture everyday in jail thats a promise why to people hurt kids i hope someone burn you a–

    • cjmo2662

      Probably never! They look for losers like this waste of oxygen and are foolish enough to think they can "change them with their love". You can't change trash, all you can do is kick it to the curb! That poor baby suffered horribly!

  • Wayyy

    Donald Riddle has always been in and out of prison. He dropped out of school in the 8th grade he is addicted to drugs and that's the only thing he cares about. Going to prison is something he probably wanted because he has a hard time living on the outside where he is a felon and can't get a job. But still don't understand why he would harm someone's child like that.

    • Bonnie

      Wow, I went to school with Don, and maybe it is a genetic thing because his little sister Tayla Riddle had her grandmother killed by her grown adult boyfriend and his other girlfriend (they had a sick three-some thing going on) and fled the scene and were found at a Gas City hotel not far from Marion, Indiana. This has shocked me to see that being a killer is kinda genetic !!!!! He deserves what he is gonna be getting!! Rest in Peace to the little girl.

  • Sherie Brown

    He not only looks like a dirt bag he'll get the tard knocked out of him while he's there alot of guys don't care for any child abusers.

  • mad momma

    i agree with all the post with one wish of my own i believe an eye for an eye scalled him in the face before hes killed oh one more wish feed him his jewels for his last dinner before hes killed please grant my wishes im a little upset with this

  • Lynn

    that is really craze why would some body want to do that too a baby he should get a life in preson and never get back out ether.

  • julia snyder

    so sad. will cont to pray for the famiily. moms. please, please, take your child to a day care, if u dont have the money explain to the child care provider and they will wk wit you .

  • timmy harper

    he should get life with no change of getting out. he needs to know how it feels for not getting a change of life

  • P.O.'ed

    I am praying for that baby's family. As for his ass, I pray that someone kills him before it even goes to trial. I don't want to have my tax dollars wasted on him. Just kill him and give those tax dollars to other victims of child abuse. I have never spent a moment in jail, although i wish i was right now because I would gladly volunteer to give him what he deserves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anna

    I really think they need to put hanging in the law books like back in the days. where everyone see that judgement was done. every sens they taken hanging out the world has went to crap.

  • MisC

    My babies don't stay ANYWHERE– When I'm at work they are at home with my husband/their dad– When he's at work they are home with me!!! People need to start putting their children first!!!

  • mommyto4monsters

    i swear GIRLS WAKE UP if they look like trash walk like trash act like trash THERE TRASH keep them AWAY FROM YOUR KIDS come on people these baby's dont deserve to be abused because there mama needs a piece it breaks my heart seeing this and to think this baby's brothers and sister seen this happen can you think what they went though too sad just sad

    • lover

      my cousin didnt need a piece, she is clean, no drugs, works full time job been there for yrs so dont run your mouth

  • missy

    This story breaks my heart. This family is in my thoughts and prayers. So sorry about your loss. Thinking of you all.

  • Anonymous

    It is terrible what happened. I live in the trailer park this happened at. When I heard the sirens I just assumed it was like any other time. Cops, ambulance, and fire trucks are always out here. When a resident told me what happened I was scared. I have a 1 year old. I locked my door an refused to open it. The little girl lived with her mom but her dad lives out here too. He is my neighbor. Once i found out that the little girl was his I felt even more pain for the family. I want to give him a hug. Fox interviewed him and the grandfather today. Feel like they should leave them alone an let them morn their loss. But i understand. Praying for them and much love from your neighbor.

  • Bonnie

    Wow, I went to school with Don, and maybe it is a genetic thing because his little sister Tayla Riddle had her grandmother killed by her grown adult boyfriend and his other girlfriend (they had a sick three-some thing going on) and fled the scene and were found at a Gas City hotel not far from Marion, Indiana. This has shocked me to see that being a killer is kinda genetic !!!!! He deserves what he is gonna be getting!! Rest in Peace to the little girl.

    • Bonnie

      DOC Number 131024
      First Name TALIA
      Middle Name L
      Last Name RIDDLE
      Suffix
      Date of Birth 06/27/1989
      Gender Female
      Race White
      Facility/Location Indiana Women's Prison
      Earliest Possible Release Date *
      04/16/2017
      Date of Sentence 06/02/2004
      Description CONSPIRACY/MURDER
      Term in Years / Months / Days
      29

      11

      00030
      Type of Conviction FA
      Indiana Citation Code 35-41-5-2
      Cause Number 27D02-0307-MR-76
      County of Conviction GRANT
      Projected Release Date 04/16/2017

  • brooke

    I think this guy needs to be burnt with chemicals …I do not want my tax dollars feeding him nor giving him water or electricity…I will poor gas on him and a match burn baby burn thats wat he needz..I am praying for the lil girls father a grandparent..so sad..

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