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Mom, boyfriend indicted in infants death
Kipp, West were indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, among others
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Deanna Kipp

A grand jury indicted Deanna Renee Kipp, 24, and her boyfriend Stephen Clark West, 22, in the murder of Kipp's 18-month-old daughter Kaylee.

The couple is accused of assaulting Kaylee Kipp with an unspecified "blunt object" sometime between June 11 and 12, causing swelling of the brain and death, according to court documents.

The documents also state Deanna Kipp "willfully deprive(d) the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the health and well-being of Kaylee Kipp was jeopardized by failing to seek medical care for the child after injury."

Both were indicted on charges of malice murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to a child in the first degree and two counts of felony murder. Deanna Kipp also faces an additional count each of felony murder and cruelty to a child.

Representatives from Kipp and West's defense teams said they expect both to eventually enter pleas of not guilty.

"We're not having trial (yet)," said Brad Morris, circuit public defender representing Deanna Kipp. "We haven't had any discovery or any of those types of things. So there's a presumption of innocence that she has like everybody else."

Attorney Leonard Parks Jr., representing West, refused to comment further.

The charges were filed after Gainesville Police responded to a call of a 2-year-old not breathing 12:30 p.m. June 12 at On Riverside Condominiums, according to the police report.

A 17-year-old neighbor, who was flagged down by Kipp before she made the call, told The Times that West wasn't present that morning but came home later wearing work clothes.

When police arrived, Deanna Kipp said the child was sleeping when she checked on her at 9 a.m. The next time she went downstairs, Kipp said she wasn't breathing.

By the time paramedics arrived, Kaylee Kipp's body was "cold to the touch" and stiff, according to the report.

Responding officers also noted Deanna Kipp was "calmly" standing by the apartment door.

"Deanna Kipp was standing there stating ‘oh my god, oh my god' but lacked any emotion," the report reads. "She never asked me the status of the child even as the med unit left with the child. She never inquired what, if anything was being done for the child, or if the child was dead."

Kipp and West were both denied bond at their first appearance on June 14, but a judge will again review Kipp's case at a bond hearing set for July 14.

At Kaylee Kipp's June 17 funeral, friends and family described her as a shy but happy little girl. Her grandmother said she will never forget the last afternoon she spent with Kaylee Kipp, eating tacos and watching "Aladdin."

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