A father, Anthony Dibiah, who faced allegations of brutally taking the life of his 10-year-old son shortly after the boy expressed concerns for his safety to the family, has admitted to the murder, citing mental illness as a factor.
On July 19, 2020, an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer discovered traces of blood in the bathroom of Dibiah's west-side apartment, three years prior to Dibiah's submission of the guilty plea.
An informant informed the Indianapolis police about a call from Dibiah, where he reportedly confessed to using a bag to suffocate Nakota Kelly and disposing of his body in an undisclosed location. Another tipster mentioned Dibiah's frantic call confessing to the murder of his son.
Despite efforts, Nakota Kelly's remains were never located, leading to Dibiah being charged with murder.
Shortly before the distressing discovery in Dibiah's residence, Nakota Kelly's mother, Hayley Kelly, informed the Indiana Department of Child Services about a troubling conversation she had with her son on July 14, 2020. Nakota Kelly expressed fear about visiting his father that weekend, implying his father's intentions to harm him.
Hayley Kelly initiated a lawsuit against DCS and Dibiah in 2022, contending that she had notified DCS about her son's recurring violent outbursts and believed the agency could have taken more decisive actions to safeguard him.
She seeks compensation from the state and Dibiah for negligence and the wrongful death of Nakota Kelly, with the lawsuit still pending.