Police: Child could have been saved if burns were treated

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Donald Riddle. Photo courtesy: Grant County Sheriff's Department

MARION, Ind. (WANE) – New details have been released about the two-year-old Marion girl who was found dead in her crib.  We first told you about the incident on Thursday, February 14, 2013 .  Police believe her shirt may have caught fire, and her caregiver who was babysitting her never took her in to get medical attention.

We must warn you, the details inside these court documents are gruesome.

According to court documents, 27-year-old Donald Riddle was watching the young girl and her siblings at Maplewood Village mobile home park in Marion.  The mother of the young girl, Wanetta Lloyd, said Riddle lives with her and is the caregiver for her kids when she’s at work.

That mobile home is where police found two-year-old Arianna Carmack dead.  They said she had burns on her face and all over her torso.  Her skin was red and leathery.  A burn expert said it looks like the girl’s shirt caught on fire.  Doctors believe her shirt wasn’t taken off fast enough once it was on fire.

Instead of taking the girl in to be seen by a doctor, police say Riddle put her in her crib where she later died. Doctors believe she may have been in extreme pain and distress.  When her mother got home from work, she never checked on the girl.  She said Riddle told her the girl was sleeping and was fine.

The following night after dinner, Lloyd went to go check on the girl.  That’s when she found the girl dead.  She asked Riddle to call 911, but he never did.  Instead he fled to Sweetser, and that’s where police found him.  Right now Riddle is in jail on a $250,000 cash only bond.  He’s facing one count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death and a felony for having a controlled substance.

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