A Mother Accused Of Murdering Her Five-Year-Old Daughter Had Previously Faced Charges Of Neglect, Following The Discovery Of Children Living In “Repulsive Conditions”

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A Mother Accused Of Murdering Her Five-Year-Old Daughter Had Previously Faced Charges Of Neglect, Following The Discovery Of Children Living In

An Indianapolis woman, her boyfriend, and her mother have all been apprehended in connection with the “horrific” demise of the woman’s five-year-old daughter.

On Tuesday, authorities responded to a call reporting an unresponsive child around 5:15 pm. Upon arrival, they discovered five-year-old Kinsleigh Welty appearing malnourished and emaciated, with sunken eyes and feces present on her feet and in her hair.

She was promptly transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Shockingly, records from the hospital indicated that she weighed more at two-and-a-half years old than at the time of her passing.

The girl’s mother, 29-year-old Toni McClure, and her live-in boyfriend, 27-year-old Ryan Smith, were both detained on charges of child neglect resulting in death, with McClure additionally facing a murder charge. Subsequently, on Friday, Kinsleigh’s grandmother, 53-year-old Tammy Halsey, was arrested for neglect of a dependent.

The circumstances surrounding Kinsleigh’s death are under investigation by local child abuse detectives and Indiana Department of Child Services personnel.

IMPD Chief Chris Bailey described the incident as “horrific,” noting previous concerns related to McClure. In December 2018, McClure had sought medical attention at a hospital while police in Mooresville were summoned to a residence she shared with several children.

Among the distressing discoveries were a one-year-old and a three-week-old infant with heavily soiled diapers, surrounded by a floor strewn with debris, dirt, and cigarette remnants. The toilet exhibited unclean fecal matter, and the infants were exposed to expired, moldy food and hazardous objects within easy reach.

‘It appeared the trash had never been taken out,’ an officer reported. ‘Nats were flying all over the kitchen and living room.’

When officers found them, they declared the home ‘one of the worst living conditions [they’d] ever seen’ and a ‘repulsive sight.’

They were ‘hazardous nightmares for an adult, let alone a toddler and newborn.’ McClure was contacted about DCS’ presence at the time and began ‘freaking out.’

At that juncture, law enforcement officers reached out to Child Services for their intervention at the location. Upon learning of DCS’s presence at her residence, McClure reportedly became visibly distressed.

During the incident in 2018, the three-week-old infant, who would correspond with Kinsleigh’s age, was described as malnourished, exhibiting dirt on her head and hands, and showing signs of “failure to thrive,” including weight loss despite being only three weeks old.

Following the 2018 investigation, McClure was arrested and faced four charges of neglect, alongside an individual named Bradley Welty, who faced two charges. Subsequently, McClure pleaded guilty to one count and received a jail sentence of 900 days.

However, her sentence was suspended after just six weeks, and she was placed on 540 days of probation instead.

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