The father of a two-year-old Marion girl who died this week partly from a flash burn is demanding answers.
Marion Police found Arianna Carmack unresponsive in her mother’s mobile home Wednesday night.
According to an autopsy report, she suffered a flash burn from an unknown chemical and had burns on her head, chest and back. The coroner ruled that was only a factor in her death. The baby girl also sustained multiple contusions on her body that appeared to be healing.
Her mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Donald Riddle, was babysitting the girl at the time of her death. He was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
“She was just the sweetest little girl ever,” said Arianna’s father, Steve Carmack. (I’m) just hurt. Destroyed.”
Carmack lives in the same mobile home park as his daughter and is angry that he wasn’t allowed to watch her. He blames a family feud.
He said Arianna’s grandfather also tried to visit the little girl this weekend, but was turned away.
“My dad went to go see her the other day and she told him that she was sick,” said Carmack. “That he couldn’t have her. And that’s the last time we heard anything.”
Fox59 asked Carmack if he had ever met Riddle, and he replied he had not. He said he has heard things about the man but did not wish to elaborate.
Carmack said he believes Arianna would still be alive and well if she had been in his care.
“I’m right down the road and I could’ve watched her,” he said. “As a father, you don’t wish that upon any kid, you know? And for that to happen to your own, it’s kind of horrible.”
Fox59 tried to speak with Arianna’s mother, but no one answered the door at the home.
Carmack said there will be a candlelight vigil held at his home on Saturday at 8 p.m.