Thursday, December 29th, 2016
Local officials report baby's death occurred in Clark County
By Ed Gebert
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP - Clark County officials will handle any legal action involving a Springfield-area man in connection with the death of a 3-month-old girl.
The girl was found in a truck on Tuesday in the 6200 block of Wabash Road.
Clark County court documents allege Brian Hayslip, 22, told police he had shaken 3-month-old Lily Hayslip when she began crying while he was feeding her Tuesday.
Lily's mother had called Clark County authorities Tuesday to report her missing after Hayslip, her fiance, failed to drop off the girl at her grandmother's house so he could go to work.
"Mercer County and Clark County worked closely on this case," Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said in a news release Wednesday. "It has been determined that the death occurred in Clark County, although the child's body was found in Mercer County and Hayslip was arrested in Mercer County."
At 5:17 p.m. Tuesday, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office received a telephone call reporting a child had been found alone in a car seat in a vehicle that was still running. Celina Fire Department personnel responded and reportedly pronounced the infant dead at the scene.
Identification for Hayslip was found inside the vehicle.
During a K9 search, Hayslip was located in an open field near a wooded area.
Hayslip reportedly said he was looking for a place to bury Lily. Authorities determined Wednesday that Lily had been killed in Clark County.
"This is an example of how agencies are supposed to work together to ensure that justice is served," Grey said. "I am proud of the work by all involved."
Messages left with Clark County sheriff's and prosecutor's officials were not returned by press time.