Little Girl Murdered in Denver City

A man was arrested on a warrant for murder and placed in the Yoakum County Jail. <span style="color: #ff0000;">UPDATED</span> 12/23/13 5:50 pm
Dakota Riccobene Middleton, image from family friend
Dakota Riccobene Middleton, image from family friend
DENVER CITY, TX -- A Denver City man, Richard Jeffrey Carr, was arrested Saturday morning after a little girl was found dead. Carr is held in the Yoakum County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. Friends of the family identified the victim as Dakota Riccobene Middleton. Police identified her only as a two year old female.

An autopsy was performed Monday to determine the cause of death however the Yoakum County District Attorney said he would not release preliminary results at this time.

Friends of the family also have set up an account in Dakota’s name at Sundown Bank in Brownfield or 1st United Bank in Seagraves.

A woman who described herself as the girl’s mother posted a message on the Denver City Police Department Facebook page.

Her message said, “I was at work … When I left that morning her and I shared our hugs and kisses and love yous. I layed her back down where she fell back asleep as normal. I got the call at work around 10am. Left immediately to come home to find my precious angel gone.”

Officials have not disclosed Carr’s relationship to Dakota or Dakota’s mom. What follows is the text of the police news release:


On December 21, 2013 at approximately 09:56 am, the Denver City Police Department was dispatched in reference to a deceased 2 year old female child. An investigation was conducted involving the Denver City Police Department, Yoakum County District Attorneys Office, and the Texas Rangers. As a result of the investigation Richard Jeffrey Carr was arrested on a warrant for murder and placed in the Yoakum County Sheriff’s Department Jail in Plains, Tx. Any further questions should be directed to the Yoakum County District attorneys office.

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