Family Friends Remember Denver City Toddler, "a Little Goldilocks."

Two year old Dakota Middleton was found dead in Denver City on Saturday morning. Authorities soon arrested and charged Richard Carr with the little girl's murder.
By Victoria Price

DENVER CITY, TX -- A Denver City man remains behind bars tonight in connection with the death of a two year old girl.

Richard Carr was arrested and charged over the weekend with the murder of Dakota Middleton. Denver City Police responded to a dispatch of a deceased girl on Saturday morning, around 10 am. Carr was taken into custody shortly after.

Carr is believed to be the boyfriend of Middleton's mother, Dawn, and is currently being held at the Yoakum County jail on a $1,000,000 bond.

One family friend, Debra Moore, says while she didn't know Carr well, she knew Dawn trusted him thoroughly -- including with her children, Dakota and Miranda.

"She loved that baby. Dakota was her life," Moore says.

The child's autopsy took place Monday afternoon. However, the Yoakum County D.A.'s office says they can't yet release any sort of preliminary results.

Moore says it couldn't be a more heartbreaking situation, especially given the timing, so close to the holidays.

"This was the first year they were going to have a really good Christmas, and she told me she had gotten both the girls everything they wanted," Moore says. "And now it's gone, you know?"

Right now two different funds have been set up in little Dakota's memory. The first is with Sundown Bank in Brownfield, as the "Dakota Riccobene Middleton Memorial Fund." You can call (806) 637-7712 if you wish to make a donation to the family at either the Brownfield or Denver City branches. First United Bank in Seagraves also has set up an account for Dakota's family.
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