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Kennedy Hoyle

Suspect Detained as Search Continues for Missing 2-day-old Newborn, Mother Found Shot Dead

The Memphis Police Department announced Wednesday afternoon they detained a man who knew a Tennessee mother found shot dead and her newborn daughter, who is now missing.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kennedy Hoyle was last seen Tuesday with her mother, 27-year-old Danielle Hoyle. Police found Hoyle shot to death near her car, which was found abandoned near Sedgwick Drive in Levi Road in Memphis. Hoyle’s body was located near her vehicle.

“The preliminary information revealed that the victim had been shot. Additionally, officers were advised that the victim’s 2-day-old child, Kennedy Hoyle, was last seen with the victim; however, no child was located,” Memphis police said Tuesday.

News Channel 3 reports that family members said they last heard from Hoyle on Tuesday when she said she was taking the baby to get vaccinations. Police later informed them that they found a body and vehicle, but the infant was missing.

“They said there was an active crime scene. I don’t even know where it is. They said they were gonna do fingerprints, and again try to figure out if it’s her,” Hoyle’s mother said, referring to her daughter.

Authorities haven’t revealed the name of the man they detained in connection to the case.

Danielle and Kennedy/TBI Handout

Commercial Appeal reports that a large police presence was spotted Wednesday afternoon at the 800 block of Island Drive in Harbor Town. Crews were searching throughout the terrain and water in the area.

The baby’s grandmother, April Campbell, told the outlet that she’s still waiting to hear from investigators, who haven’t told her any details yet.

“I just want my grandbaby, that’s all I want,” Campbell said. “Her sister wants her to come home, she keeps calling asking where she is. I can’t tell her.”

Campbell also had something to tell the man detained in connection with the incident.

“You didn’t have to hurt her. You didn’t want to take care of your child, you didn’t want to be in her life, you should have left her alone.”

Kennedy was last seen wearing pink pants and a black and white polka dot onesie. She weighs six pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about the case should call Memphis Police at 901-545-2677 or call 1-800-TBI-FIND.

The story is developing. Check back for updates.

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[Feature Photo via TBI]