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Kentucky man charged in killing of 7-year-old girl

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:32 PM

A Kentucky man was charged with murder, kidnapping and first degree rape and sodomy in the killing of a 7-year-old girl, police said.

Officers cuffed Timothy Madden, 38, on Friday in connection with the death of Allen County Scottsville High School child cheerleader Gabriella Doolin, Kentucky State Trooper B.J. Eaton said at a news conference.

Gabriella’s mother alerted police in the south-central Kentucky town of Scottsville that the girl had gone missing during a football game Saturday night. She was found dead in a creek near the school about 25 minutes later.

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The Kentucky State Police escorted Timothy Madden, 38, to a cruiser outside the KSP’s Bowling Green facility. Madden was arrested Friday and charged with murder and sex crimes in the death of 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin.

Madden was wearing a blue Kentucky Wildcats sweatshirt as officers escorted him into a police cruiser before the press conference Friday.

“I’m sorry for their loss but I’m innocent,” Madden said when asked by local reporters if he had any comment, according to WKRN-TV.

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Amy Doolin, Gabriella’s mother, stands in her daughter’s room two days after the 7-year-old girl was found slain near a high school football game.

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Brian Doolin hugs his sons Alec, 11, left, and Chance, 3, at the family’s Adolphus, Ky., home. Gabriella Doolin served as a child cheerleader for a local high school football team and her mom reported her missing at a game in Scottsville Saturday night. Her family mourned her in these photos taken two days after her death.

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Gabriella Doolin served as a child cheerleader for a local high school football team and her mom reported her missing at a game in Scottsville Saturday night. Her family mourned her in these photos taken two days after her death.

Madden is a married father of five who went to high school with the girl’s father, a source told the local TV station. He had been sitting near the Doolin family at the football game Saturday night, according to the source.

Madden is now incarcerated in Barren County jail on a $ 1 million bond.

Gabriella Doolin, 7, was found dead near Allen County Scottsville High School during a football game Saturday night.Handout

Gabriella Doolin, 7, was found dead near Allen County Scottsville High School during a football game Saturday night.

Hundreds of people mourned Gabriella’s death at a candlelight vigil in Scottsville on Sunday, and the state police asked the community to keep praying for her family Friday.

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