Family reacts after arrest of suspect in death of 1-year-old Spencer girl

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 25, 2016)-- 1-year-old Shylyn Ammerman’s death was ruled a homicide Friday. The Owen County Coroner says she died of asphyxiation.

Now, 22-year-old Kyle Parker is behind bars in connection to the death.

“Why, why would you do this to my daughter? Why would you do this to me?” said Shaylyn's dad, Justin Ammerman.

Police say Parker left Shaylyn’s body near the White River after she died of asphyxiation.

He has been preliminary charged with obstructing justice, failure to report a body and unlawful disposition of a body. Parker was at the home the night before the baby disappeared.

“We sat in my room, watched TV, had a few drinks and went to bed,” said Shaylyn’s uncle, Adam Ammerman.

At some point in the middle of the night, something went terribly wrong. Parker left the home abruptly, allegedly taking off with the baby.

Police searched every inch of Owen County for more than 24 hours, until they found the little girl. The body was found in Gosport near the White River.

“You know that you did it and then be so straight, and calm, and cool and just lie for a day. A whole 24 hours of lying, when you knew where that baby was,” said Shaylyn’s grandmother, Tammy Morgan.