Kaylynn Crawford was found dead on Monday afternoon, prompting police in Ohio to charge Charles Crawford with murdering the 4-month-old girl who was first reported missing on Sunday.
Crawford’s disappearance became national news on Sunday when police in the northern Cincinnati suburb of Loveland announced that the girl had gone missing. Charles Crawford had initially told police that someone had taken Kaylynn from a parked car, leading to a massive search across the area.
“My child was taken,” a sobbing Crawford told police in his 911 call, Cincinnati reported. “I wasn’t even gone for that long.”
Authorities released the full transcript of Crawford’s 911 call on Monday, showing him trying to explain that he had left Kaylynn Crawford alone in the car and came back to find the girl missing.
“She was in the car. I only stepped out to grab her some water because she was asleep. And I came back out because I needed my wallet — it was like two or three minutes. I get in my car because my wallet was in her diaper bag … and she was gone,” Crawford told dispatchers.
But that story reportedly fell apart and the baby girl was found dead within 24 hours, Fox News reported.
There was no Amber Alert for this missing infant, but the Loveland Police Department did issue a Statewide Endangered Missing Child Advisory at 6 a.m. on Monday, saying they believed that Kaylynn Crawford was in danger.
Authorities searched for the baby girl overnight at the Kelley Nature Preserve, and by Monday morning, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation took over the lead in the case, Cincinnati.com reported.
It was during that investigation that authorities learned that Charles Crawford had lied about the girl going missing.
“We can say that the report Charles Crawford filed indicating that KayLynn had been abducted from the Dollar General Store was fabricated,” said BCI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Savalas Kidd.
The girl’s body was found in the Little Miami River, which had become a focal point for search efforts after police found a ping from Crawford’s cell phone in that area, WHIO reported. Police said Charles Crawford ultimately led authorities to the girl’s body, which was still strapped into her car seat.
Charles Crawford was arrested on Monday and jailed on a charge of murder for the death of Kaylynn Crawford.
As Cincinnati found, Charles Crawford has a history of violence. He had been charged with domestic violence in December, allegedly threatening the life of the girl’s mother, Shaneeka L. Robinson, and demanding to see Kaylynn.
Robinson said that Crawford became violent and that she ultimately let him see the baby girl for fear that he might hurt someone if she didn’t.
“He hit me repeated (sic),” Robinson said in a police statement. “He … threatened my life and everyone in my household. So I gave him the baby because I feared what he’ll do if he didn’t get her.”
Robinson also claimed that Charles Crawford threatened he would “put a (expletive) knife to your neck” and that he would take her to Kentucky where “no one would find you.”
Police still have not released details about how Kaylynn Crawford was murdered, including whether she was dead before being thrown into the river. There were signs early on Monday that authorities suspected Kaylynn Crawford was dead, as a diver crew was seen around the Little Miami River as the search progressed.
Charles Crawford remains in Clermont County jail for the murder of Kaylynn Crawford, with no bond being given. He is expected to make an appearance in court on Tuesday.
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