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Bond denied for couple in child murder case
Kipp, West remain in Hall County Jail
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Deanna Kipp

A Gainesville mother and her boyfriend were denied bond Tuesday in the murder case of Kaylee Kipp, the woman's 18-month-old child.

Deanna Renee Kipp, 24, and her boyfriend Stephen Clark West, 22, were charged Monday with murder and aggravated assault after an incident Sunday afternoon. They appeared before a magistrate judge via camera Tuesday afternoon.

The couple is accused of assaulting the child with an object, causing blunt force trauma to the head, according to court documents.

The arrests were made after Gainesville Police responded at about 12:37 p.m. Sunday to a report of an unresponsive child at On Riverside Condominiums.

Neighbor David Thomas told The Times he didn't know Kipp or West but saw the commotion near his home. He described a group of people standing around the front door of the residence. According to Thomas, they were asking if anyone knew how to perform CPR.

Thomas said a firefighter then arrived and rushed Kaylee Kipp to the hospital.

"(She) was in his arms," he said. "Her arms just floppin.'"

Thomas also said police took a woman away from the scene who appeared to be the child's mother.

"When she came outside, she wasn't crying or anything," he said. "I told my daughter, ‘if that was the mother that was outside, I guarantee you something has happened to that baby besides sick.' But I've never seen the people before."

Kaylee Kipp was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center where she was pronounced dead.

"It's a tragic thing for something to happen like that this close to home," Thomas said.

Both Deanna Kipp and West will remain at the Hall County Jail until they are scheduled to appear before a judge again on July 8.