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IMPD: Mom, boyfriend arrested after 5-year-old girl dies at hospital

Mother and boyfriend arrested for death of child

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A mother has been arrested in connection with the murder of her 5-year-old girl after she was found malnourished on Tuesday and later died at a hospital, Indianapolis police said Wednesday.

Kinsleigh Welty was pronounced dead on Tuesday evening at Riley Hospital for Children, court documents show.

Toni Renee McClure, 29, was arrested on charges of murder, and child neglect resulting in death. Her boyfriend, Ryan Thomas Smith, 27, was arrested on a charge of child neglect resulting in death, police and jail records say.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department was called at 5:12 p.m. Tuesday to a report of an unresponsive child in the 6500 block of Denver Drive. That’s in the Valley Brook modular-home community located a few blocks east of the I-65 interchange for Kentucky Avenue on the city’s southwest side.

The Marion County Coroner’s Office will determine the girl’s manner and cause of death.

At the home, Indiana Department of Child Services took custody of other children inside the home, police say.

IMPD said in a message to News 8 that the jail booking photos of McClure and Smith would be unavailable until Thursday. Online jail listed showed both were in the Marion County jail on Wednesday.

Online court records did not show formal charges for McClure of Smith on Wednesday.


“My heart breaks knowing what Kinsleigh went through in her short life and how she left this world.

“The circumstances of Kinsleigh’s death are horrific and beyond comprehension. No human being, let alone a child should be treated like she was. These alleged suspects, if convicted, should never step foot outside a prison.

“I am so thankful for the officers, detectives, crime scene personnel, emergency room personnel, coroner’s office officials, and deputy prosecutors for their steadfast dedication to the innocent. What they see and hear every day most of us could not endure. They are truly special people.

“I pray Kinsleigh has found internal peace and for her siblings who will need a lot of love and care in the coming days, months, and years.”

Chief Chris Bailey of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department

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