UPDATE: Family members devastated by child’s death in LaPorte County
LAPORTE COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - Kyle Hullett described a child who looked like an angel.
“He had the curliest, like most cherub face, like always so happy, running around,” said Hullett.
His sister, Madison, remembered an energetic yet empathetic little cousin.
“He would sit there, he’d see somebody laughing, and he’d be like, ‘Oh, okay. This is funny,’ so he’d keep doing it,” said Madison, of Knox. “Whenever I would be sad, he’d sit there and give me hugs and stuff.”
Early Monday morning, LaPorte County sheriff’s deputies found the Hullets’ young cousin deceased in a rural Union Township home. Authorities have not released the child’s name or age at this time.
Jenna, the mother of Madison and Kyle, told 16 News Now the child lived with her family for several years as a result of kinship placement, starting from the time the child was an infant until earlier this year. Hullett said DCS returned the child to his biological parents.
“I was mourning him before because we weren’t allowed to see him for the past six months, so I was kind of already mourning, but I kept hoping that we’d see him again. And I told my husband I was going to write him letters so that when he got older, he would know we didn’t just leave him, that we did love him, and that we didn’t give up on him,” explained Jenna.
Jenna told 16 News Now she is a first cousin of the child’s father, Alan D. Morgan, 28. Police announced Morgan is a person of interest in the case and is now in custody.
The child’s death has devastated the family.
“We know we can’t bring him back obviously at this point but help other people who’ve been through something similar or are going through something similar and not allow this to continue to happen because it happens every day. It’s – it’s despicable,” said Kyle.
Madison said she’s never endured so much mental pain.
“I don’t even know where to start quite frankly. I’m really, really disappointed. I’m sad. I’m heartbroken,” she explained.
The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a child’s death.
Deputies found a child dead inside a home in the 3100 east block of CR 875 South in rural Union Township early Monday morning.
The Sheriff’s Office is seeking Alan D. Morgan, 28, as a person of interest in the investigation. They believe Morgan is driving a red 2004 Ford Freestar minivan that is missing passenger side hubcaps and was last using an expired Indiana temporary license plate.
Police say Morgan may be armed and dangerous. They are asking anyone who sees him to call 911 and not to approach Morgan.
Anonymous tips related to the whereabouts of Morgan are also being accepted. Any tips can be sent to Fugitive Apprehension Street Team Sergeant Brett Swanson by calling or texting (219) 363-9623.
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