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Gabriella Doolin: Arrest Made in Death of 7-Year-Old Kentucky Girl

by Elizabeth Chuck /  / Updated 

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Police have arrested a man in the death of a 7-year-old girl whose body was found in a Kentucky creek just 25 minutes after her parents reported her missing.

Gabriella Doolin got separated from her parents while watching a peewee football game at Allen County High School in Scottsville, near the Tennessee border, on Saturday night.

Image: Suspect Timothy Madden
Kentucky State Police announced Friday they had arrested 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville in Gabriella Doolin's death, which was ruled a homicide earlier this week.Doug Druschke / WAVE 3

Kentucky State Police announced Friday they had arrested 38-year-old Timothy Madden of Scottsville in the little girl's death, which was ruled a homicide earlier this week.

Madden has been charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy and first-degree murder, police said.

Related: Kentucky Girl Gabriella Doolin's Death Being Treated as Homicide

Gabriella got lost in the crowd at 7:40 p.m. Saturday. Her parents immediately asked a stadium official to announce her name over the loudspeakers, NBC affiliate WSMV reported.

A family friend said the school was locked down during the search.

A homicide investigation has been launched into the death of a seven-year-old girl, Gabriella Doolin , whose body was discovered in a creek just 25 minutes after her mother reported her missing.
A homicide investigation has been launched into the death of a seven-year-old girl, Gabriella Doolin , whose body was discovered in a creek just 25 minutes after her mother reported her missing.WSMV

"We quit and the entire community started looking for her. We had a complete lockdown of the school. I mean, it was super quick," Mike Willoughby, told the station.

State police said a search "began immediately," and 25 minutes later, Gabriella's body was found in a creek near the football field.

A cause of death has not been made public.

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