The Latest: Arrest made in death of 7-year-old girl

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Kentucky man charged in killing of 7-year-old cheerleader whose body was found 25 minutes after she was reported missing.

Officers cuffed Timothy Madden, 38, on Friday in connection with the death of Allen County Scottsville High School child cheerleader Gabriella Doolin, Kentucky State Trooper B.J. Doolin was reported missing around 7.40pm Saturday by her mother while they were at a football game at Allen County-Scottsville High School in south-central Kentucky.

Madden (right) is now facing charges of murder, rape and sodomy The station WAVE3 recorded Madden this afternoon, in handcuffs and wearing a blue ‘Kentucky’ pullover, as he was being taken from the state police post in Bowling Green to a squad car just before the news conference began. A reporter asked if he had anything to say, and Madden replied, ‘I’m innocent.’ A source revealed to the station WKRN that Madden has five children and attended high school with Gabriella’s father, Brian Doolin, who is the same age as the suspect.

Gabriella Doolin served as a child cheerleader for a local high school football team and her mom reported her missing at a game in Scottsville Saturday night. According to his Facebook page, which has since been deleted, Madden works in construction and lives with his wife, Jodi, in Scottsville, as the site Heavy.com first reported.

A GoFundMe campaign started by a friend claimed Jodi King Madden has a rare condition called Takayasu’s Arteritis and has suffered three strokes since late August, resulting in her hospitalization. Authorities immediately began searching for Gabby and found her body 25 minutes later in a creek in a wooded area just 400 yards away from the school at 8.05pm.

More than 500 people in the tight-knit community gathered Sunday night for a vigil with Gabby’s parents Brian and Amy Doolin to honor and remember their little girl. ‘We are a great city, a great community,’ he said. ‘We love one another. But it’s a constant reminder that evil has no borders or boundaries.’ ‘Our children are safe going to school,’ he wrote. ‘This terrible tragedy is being treated as an isolated incident and we do not feel there is an ongoing threat.’ Doolin’s funeral was held Thursday at Scottsville Baptist Church.

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