Timothy Madden, of the small town of Scottsville outside Bowling Green, was taken into custody Friday and is being held in lieu of $1m bail at the Allen County Jail, authorities said in a statement.
He has been charged with kidnapping resulting in the victim’s death, rape, sodomy and murder, according to the Kentucky State Place. No other details were released about the arrest or the suspect.
Gabriella “Gabby” Doolin got separated from her parents in a crowd at a local football stadium where the family had gone to see Gabby’s 11-year-old brother play.
Her name was announced several times over loudspeakers at the game, but when the child failed to come forward, the match was suspended and those inside the stadium spread out to look for the blonde-haired child.
Her body was found in a creek in a nearby wood 25 minutes later.
The cause of death was drowning and asphyxiation, authorities said.
The girl’s father, Brian Doolin, expressed fury on his Facebook page Friday.
“This animal should not be walking and breathing,” he wrote. "I wish this evil could be tak(en) off this planet. I have made plenty of mistakes and sinned in my life, but NEVER ha(s) this kind of rage entered into my heart … I’ve tried to stay strong but my baby girl was always my weakness.”