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Police report reveals details in infants murder
Funeral set for Friday at 11
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Deanna Kipp

Kaylee Kipp, 18 months, may have been dead for some time Sunday before paramedics arrived and the call turned into a murder investigation.

A neighbor told investigators she was used to hearing the child cry in the mornings but didn't hear a sound on the day of Kipp's death, according to a Gainesville Police report.

Kipp's mother, Deanna Kipp, 24, told police the child was sleeping when she checked on her at 9 a.m. The next time she went downstairs, Kipp said her child wasn't breathing.

Police responded at 12:30 p.m. to a call of a 2-year-old not breathing at On Riverside Condominiums in Gainesville, the report said.

Upon arrival, they were told by paramedics there was nothing they could do to save Kaylee Kipp. The 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."

Another officer reported Kipp talked about wanting to be a cop but "she didn't know how (they) could look at that ‘thing,'" according to the report.

When investigators asked to go into the apartment, Kipp told them she had locked herself out. However, police later found the back door unlocked.

As investigators later examined the child's body, they found "a small scrape above her right eye on top of her forehead" in addition to "other small scratches and red areas."

An autopsy later revealed blunt force trauma to be the cause of death, according to a Tuesday news release.

Deanna Kipp and her boyfriend, Stephen West, 22, were charged with murder and aggravated assault.

Both were denied bond Tuesday and have their next court appearance scheduled for July 8.

Attorney Leonard Parks, who represents West, declined comment Wednesday, saying it is too early to make a statement.

A funeral service is set for Kaylee Kipp at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Mason & Ward Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 10 a.m. until service time.


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