After Toddler is Found Dead, Investigators Will Probe Her Family Members' Social Media Accounts
Investigators probing the killing of 15-month-old Shaylyn Ammerman have been granted a search warrant for the social media accounts belonging to her family and the man accused in her brutal rape and murder.
A search warrant was granted Tuesday by Owen County Circuit Court Judge Lori Thatcher-Quillen for the Facebook records of nine people connected to the slain little girl, who was found dead after vanishing from her father’s Indiana home last month.
The accounts belonging to the child’s mother, Jessica Mae Stewart, her father, Justin Ammerman and her paternal grandmother, Tamera Sue Morgan, were among those listed in the warrant, WRTV-TV reported.
Shaylyn’s grandmother denied any wrongdoing, writing on Facebook that the development is “nothing new.”
“Old stuff just got the paperwork filed this town is slow it’s nothing new,” Morgan replied to a friend asking about the warrant.
The warrant reportedly includes social media accounts for Kyle Parker, who is accused of sexually assaulting and killing Shaylyn.
The 22-year-old man had spent the night drinking with Ammerman’s brother in the home before she disappeared from her crib, according to authorities. The child was found brutally raped and smothered to death March 24.
Parker was hit with a slew of charges, including murder, rape, kidnapping and strangulation in Shaylyn’s killing. He pleaded not guilty.
Shaylyn's grandmother and father have both remained active on Facebook after the child’s death, posting a mix of messages that mourned the tot and hit back at the family’s critics.
“Even the nicest people have their limits. Don’t try to reach that point because the nicest people are also the scariest people when they've had enough,” Morgan posted on Friday.
Hours later, she posted a photo of her granddaughter, writing: “I just want her back so so bad its(sic) not fair just not.”
Morgan also added “granddaughter murdered” to her life events section of her page.
Since the murder, the pair has faced an onslaught of online criticism from people questioning their behavior.
“Your daughter is dead and you could care less. Heartless b******. I'd be falling apart. Not posting on facebook,” one person wrote on Ammerman’s Facebook page.
Ammerman responded to the criticism, writing on March 29: “To all the haters out there F*** Y** leave me and my family alone this is the last time I'm asking just stop with the b******* ok.”
Shaylyn’s mother, though not as active on Facebook as her child’s father and his mom, has also taken to social media to express her thoughts following her daughter’s murder.
Stewart, who is not with Ammerman, spoke out against him and his family, writing on April 12: “They've constantly changed their stories. Show no emotions ever and yet you think I'm the bad person…
"I along with a lot of people believe Kyle (Parker) didn't do all of that to my daughter like he even said everyone will know when the DNA comes back and I can't wait cuz I think everyone knows who'll be sitting in jail then.”
The warrant requires Facebook to turn over the records within 20 days.
Morgan, Ammerman and Stewart have not responded to multiple requests for comment.