Father charged with murder; newborn daughter still missing

Image of baby Kennedy Hoyle

Memphis police are searching for missing baby Kennedy Hoyle after finding her mother shot to death in a car (Image: Memphis Police Department)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (NewsNation Now) — A father has been charged with murder after a woman was found dead and an Amber Alert was triggered for the woman’s newborn daughter.

Brandon Isabelle was charged Wednesday evening with first-degree murder, murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering/fabricating evidence in the deaths of his daughter and her mother.

Police said the child has not been found and they do not believe she is alive.

Memphis police issued a statewide Amber Alert for 2-day-old Kennedy Hoyle after her mother was found fatally shot late Tuesday night.

At about 11:15 p.m., police found an abandoned vehicle near the area of East Levi Road and Sedgwick Street. Near the car, police found the body of Kennedy’s 27-year-old mother.

The baby had last been seen with her mother but police said they did not find the baby near the car. Along with an Amber Alert, Memphis police also issued a city watch for the baby.

Kennedy weighs about 6 pounds and is about 17 inches long. She has brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black and white polka dot onesie with pink pants.

On Wednesday afternoon, local authorities searched for Kennedy along Island Drive on Mud Island. Police did not find the missing baby.

Anyone with information about Kennedy’s whereabouts is urged to call the Memphis Police Department at 901-545-2677 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 800-TBI-FIND.

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