“He was extremely good with her,” Daniel Hayslip said of his brother. “He was always so careful about everything. He was a new father that was scared and wanted to make sure everything he was doing was correct. He just loved her so much.”
Lilly was a happy infant, Daniel Hayslip said.
“She looked like she had a curious eye,” he said. “She seemed intrigued. Anything that moved she looked at it.”
He said he believes her death was an accident and that his brother panicked.
“I just know that he’s just afraid and people are painting him as a monster, but they don’t look at it from a different perspective,” Daniel Hayslip said. “We all make mistakes and this one resulted in a life. We have human error for a reason. This is accidental human error, and to call him a monster for it is (wrong).”
In 911 calls and a missing child report that were created Tuesday indicates the child’s mother, Brittany Bruce, acted almost immediately upon finding out that her baby was missing.
“I still haven’t been able to find Lilly,” Bruce said on a 911 call.
The missing child report, filed by Bruce, states Brian Hayslip was watching Lilly on Tuesday and was supposed to drop her off at Bruce’s mother’s home at noon and then go to work at 2 p.m.
He never showed up to either, according to the report.
“I phoned (the company) and they said Brian did not show up to work today,” German Twp. police officer Ryan Axle wrote in the report. “I phoned Brian multiple times and left voice messages for him to call into dispatch so we can speak.”
Axle said Bruce told him there was no argument before the disappearance and that she feared Hayslip might be suffering from mental illness. The officer said a witness saw Hayslip leave the home at 1 p.m.
A few hours later, at around 5 p.m., the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office said they received a phone call from a resident who said they had found a dead baby in a car seat inside a nearby Ford truck.
“There’s a pick up truck part way up our driveway pulled off in the mud hung up. There is a little baby in there and he’s dead,” the caller states. “There’s nobody here. We just opened the truck … and there’s a little baby in there and he’s cold.”
A statement released by Mercer County Sheriff Jeff Grey said his office and the Celina Fire Department responded to the call and the baby was found dead at the scene.
Grey said authorities began searching for Brian Hayslip, as his identification card was found inside the truck.
“The sheriff’s office called for the nearest on duty K-9, which was from the Coldwater Police Department,” the statement said.
“The male was found in an open field, next to a wooded area. That subject was Brian A. Hayslip,” the statement said.
Reynolds said Hayslip told him he was looking for a place to hide the infant.
“Mr. Hayslip stated he was looking for a remote area to bury the baby,” he said.
No court appearance had been scheduled for Hayslip late Wednesday..