Man Set To Be Arraigned In Death Of 7-Year-Old

Posted at 2:32 PM, Nov 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-21 15:32:32-05

A Scottsville man has been scheduled to be arraigned in the death of 7-year-old Gabriella Doolin.

The girl was found murdered near her brother’s youth football game.

Officials with the Kentucky State Police arrested 38-year-old Timothy Madden Friday around 11:20 a.m., and was charged with murder, first degree rape of a victim under 12 years of age, first degree sodomy of a victim under 12 years of age, and kidnapping.

Authorities have released that Madden will be arraigned Monday at 3:30 p.m. in Allen County District Court.

The held a press conference at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Watch the full press conference below.

NewsChannel 5 was at the state police post when Madden was walked to a cruiser. He told reporters he was innocent. Reporters asked, "do you have anything to say to the family that lost their little girl," and Madden responded by saying, "I'm sorry about their loss, but I'm innocent."

The girl's body was found just after 8 p.m. Saturday night in a creek in a wooded area behind Allen County-Scottsville High School.

Gabriella, known as Gabbi to her friends and family, had been attending a football game to watch her older brother play when she went missing. 

KSP investigators said the death was ruled as a homicide due to the state in which she was found and other evidence found at the scene. An autopsy confirmed the evidence. 

According to the Associated Press, the arrest warrant for Madden said the child was strangled and drowned. The police citation in the case said Madden's DNA was collected during the investigation and matched that recovered from the child during the autopsy.

PHOTOS: Funeral Held For 7-Year-Old Gabbi Doolin

A funeral was held Thursday at the Scottsville Baptist Church. Mourners lined the streets of the small Kentucky town to honor and remember Gabbi. The crowd was silent as the hearse approached the church. 

Few details about Madden were available. It was unclear why he may have been in the area of the football game, or if Gabbi knew him. 

Madden was transported to the Allen County Detention Center where he was processed and then transferred to the Barren County Jail, where he was being held in jail on $1 million bond.