Indy man charged in death of Wabash youth

By Mandy Mahan

A 37-year-old man is being held on charges of murder in connection with the death of his young son.

The man, Anthony Dibiah, Indianapolis, is accused of killing his 10-year-old son, Nakota Kelly, a Wabash resident and student at Sharp Creek Elementary school.

Dibiah was being held in Macon County, Mo., where he was found on July 21. On Friday, a Missouri judge ordered Dibiah to be extradited to Indiana where he will face charges.

On the evening of Saturday, July 18, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department responded to a 911 call from a relative of Dibiah saying that he had just had a phone conversation with Dibiah in which he allegedly admitted to killing his son.

Upon arriving at the Indianapolis apartment, officers knocked on the door, and after receiving no answer, left the premises with no reason for forced entry.

On Sunday morning, 911 received another call from a friend of Dibiah stating that Dibiah allegedly had asked to borrow a suitcase and then admitted once again to killing his son.

IMPD arrived on the scene once again with more reason for forced entry. Blood was allegedly found at the entryway of the apartment along with in the bathroom. Neither Dibiah or Nakota were at the scene.

IMPD pulled the apartment’s surveillance footage from Sunday morning where they allegedly saw Dibiah make three trips to his Jeep, loading something into it each time. Also allegedly seen in that footage was Dibiah throwing a bag into the apartment complex trash bin.

On Tuesday, Dibiah was found in Missouri, without Nakota. Dibiah was detained by Missouri State Highway Patrol officers while his vehicle was searched. Allegedly found in the back of Dibiah’s Jeep were several areas of possible blood stains.

IMPD detectives went to Macon County Jail, where Dibiah was, to question him. He declined to comment.

Dibiah has been formally charged in Marion County with one count of murder. He is currently being held without bond in Macon County Jail.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Nakota’s mother reached out to the Department of Child Services to make a report of a statement, also noted in the probable cause affidavit, that Nakota had made to her.

“Oh, I’m dead. Don’t expect me to come home, my dad is going to kill me,” Nakota told his mother upon learning that he would be spending the weekend with his father, according to the affidavit. Nakota feared that his father was still upset at him for hanging up the phone because he did not want to talk with him, it continued.

At this time, it is unclear if action was taken once the report was made by Nakota’s mother.

According to Noelle Russell, deputy director of communications, “state statute prohibits DCS from commenting on involvement or lack thereof with a family.”

Although comment cannot be made on the specific case, DCS releases the following statement regarding the Nakota Kelly investigation:

“The hardest thing the Indiana Department of Child Services is called to do in its service to Hoosier families is investigate the death of a child. We grieve the loss of every child and will work with our state and local partners, including the court and law enforcement, throughout the investigation regarding Nakota Kelly to ensure we are all doing our part to keep Indiana’s children safe.”

Nakota’s mother took to Facebook asking for help finding her son. Her post read “Please make this go viral I need help my son's dad ran with Nakota they caught him in Missouri without Nakota.”

The post was shared 1.6 thousand times, and her Facebook page was flooded with prayers from family, friends, and strangers demanding “#justicefornakota.”

Officials from Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, where Nakota attended, also held a prayer vigil on Tuesday.

Nakota’s Little League baseball team also honored him by saving a spot for him in the line-up, on the field and at the end of the game on Tuesday.

In an email sent to the community of the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, Metro North Elementary School principal Janette Moore shared these words of Nakota:

“Nakota was a ball of energy, he loved to read, he was kind and a great friend to others. He had the ability to melt you with a smile and a shrug. He had the incredible talent and ability to make amazing sound effects (I was often in awe of this raw talent). He was active at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ and would go out of his way to say hi if you ran into him at Walmart or the grocery or at the ballpark or at church. He was smart and one of the fastest kids I’ve seen on the playground. He was wiry and energetic, and just fun to be around.”

Police are still searching for Nakota’s body and are asking the public to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana with any tips or information. Tips made are completely anonymous.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 317-262-8477. 

Posted on 2020 Jul 28