Owen County prosecutor seeks elevated murder charges, life without parole for man accused of killing Shaylyn Ammerman

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Mugshot of Kyle Parker

OWEN COUNTY, Ind. – Owen County prosecutors are seeking elevated murder charges for the man accused of killing Shaylyn Ammerman.

Kyle Joseph Parker, 23, of Spencer, is charged with murder, rape and kidnapping after the 1-year-old girl was taken from her crib at her paternal grandmother’s house in Spencer on March 23. Parker had been drinking at the house with Ammerman’s uncle and step-grandfather. Her body was found the next day.

The doctor who examined Shaylyn after her death called it the worst case of sexual trauma she had ever seen. The coroner said she died of asphyxiation.

Owen County Prosecutor Don VanDerMoere filed amended information on Monday, September 12 to elevate counts nine through thirteen against Parker

Each of the five new charges are aggravating circumstances to count one and come with a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. The prosecutor was considering the death penalty, but these new charges mean that won’t be the case.

Parker’s next court appearance is schedule for October 5.