The Murder of Kinsleigh Welty

Kinsleigh Welty, 5, died on April 9, 2024, from severe neglect in her Indianapolis, Indiana, home. Her mother, Toni McClure, 29; her mother’s boyfriend, Ryan Smith, 27; and her grandmother, Tammy Halsey, 53, has been arrested. They are accused of keeping Kinsleigh covered in feces and locked in a closet.

Kinsleigh Welty

On April 9, 2024, emergency services rushed Kinsleigh to Riely Hospital in Indianapolis. Doctors declared her dead-on arrival; the cause of death was neglect.

According to Court TV, the closet her family kept her in had small handprints of feces on the door. It was also reported she had feces in her hair and on her feet. She was wearing soiled clothing and had a small scent of urine. Kinsleigh was malnourished, had sunken in eyes, and lice crawling on her face. The hospital reported Kinsleigh had weighed more when she was 2 years old than at the time of her death.

Past Abuse

Kinsleigh’s grandparents, Tricia and Brain Welty, stated Kinsleigh had lived with them twice, after neglect was reported. Once, in 2018, when McClure was arrested and charged with child neglect, Kinsleigh was 3 weeks old. McClure spent 21 days in prison, according to Court TV. Kinsleigh arrived at her grandparents’ home for the second time, covered in bruises. According to the interview with Scripps News Indianapolis, they told DCS they needed to intervene. They were scared Kinsleigh would die.

Court Proceedings

Prosecutors have charged Toni McClure with murder, criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury, and battery on a person less than 14 years old. According to court records. The court has set a pretrial conference for June 18, 2024.

Ryan Smith has been charged with 3 counts of neglect of a depending resulting in death and criminal confinement resulting in serious bodily injury. Court records show he also has a pretrial conference set for June 18, 2024.

Tammy Halsey is charged with confinement where the victim is under 14 years of age. The courts have given her a $200,000 bond, and she is currently undergoing court proceedings.

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