Brandon Isabelle Charged With Murder of Baby and Mother, Newborn Remains Missing

A Tennessee father has been charged with the death of his 2-day-old daughter and the baby's mother. The baby's body remains missing.

Brandon Isabelle was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, murder in the perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering/fabricating with evidence in connection with the deaths of Danielle and Kennedy Hoyle.

The Memphis Police Department found the body of Danielle Hoyle with a gunshot wound, but were unable to find the baby. The department released a message on social media calling on the public to get in contact if they had any information on the location of Kennedy Hoyle.

A later message on social media said Isabelle had been arrested and they have reason to believe the 2-day-old baby was dead.

The Memphis Police Department posted the details of these events on Facebook Wednesday.

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"On Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 11:15 p.m., officers located an abandoned vehicle in the area of Sedgwick and Levi," The Memphis Police Department said in a statement.

"After searching the area, a female, 27, was located near the car deceased.

"The preliminary information revealed that the victim had been shot. Additionally, officers were advised that the victim's 2-day old child, Kennedy Hoyle, was last seen with the victim; however no child was located."

Police have said that they will continue their search for the missing Kennedy Hoyle in hopes of recovering her remains. They also said if anyone knows where Kennedy Hoyle is, call police immediately at 911 or call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

Newsweek has contacted the Memphis Police Department for comment.

During a meeting on November 10 last year, Memphis Police Chief Cerelyn Davis spoke on the police's dedication to tackling gun crime in the city.

"In 2021, since the beginning of the year there have been over 15,000 shootings in the city of Memphis. Out of those 15,000, over 2,000 people have been struck or hit by gunfire," she said during the November 10, 2021, Crime Forum.

"These are alarming numbers so we will continue to be laser-focused, not necessarily in casting a wide net in communities in those hotspot areas, but we are more concerned about the individuals who are committing crimes.

"Being more laser-focused about the who instead of the where so that we can identify those folks who have proven over and over again that they would act out violently whether they are feuding with another gang member or whether they are committing some kind of theft or some act to further gang involvement or even their personal desires.

"The Memphis Police Department has recently taken a very close look internally."

Brandon Isabelle
Image of Brandon Isabelle from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. An image of the baby Kennedy Hoyle posted to the Twitter of the Memphis Police Department. Isabelle has been arrested but the body of Hoyle has not been found. Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Memphis Police Department