WATONGA — The man arrested in the killing of a Watonga second-grader had spent the night in
James “Icey” Daukei, 20, was arrested Wednesday about five hours after the body of Rosalin Reynolds, 8, was found by her father in a field behind their apartment building.
Daukei did not live with Rosalin's family at their apartment at 500 S Leach Ave. but was spending Tuesday night there, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown said
Daukei and Rosalin's mother are cousins, Daukei's mother told The Oklahoman on Wednesday. Efforts to reach her Thursday for further comment were not successful.
Rosalin's father, whose name has not been released, told authorities he saw Daukei run away from his daughter when he found her about 5 a.m. Wednesday.
Daukei remained in the Blaine County jail on Thursday on a murder complaint.
He had not been charged. Blaine County Sheriff Rick Ainsworth said investigators still were conducting interviews and gathering information Thursday.
The state medical examiner Thursday had not determined Rosalin's cause of death.
Counselors were at Watonga Elementary School on Thursday to help classmates and staff members deal with their grief about Rosalin, who was known by her family as Rosa.
“Early this morning we were still seeing some kids after they had gone home and talked and listened to their parents,” Watonga Superintendent Craig Cummins said.
Parent-teacher conferences are today in the district, so there are no scheduled classes.
“I hope that will give the kids an opportunity to kind of catch up and catch their breath and relax a little bit,” Cummins said. “It's a tough situation, and there's no escaping it, but this little break may help us quite a bit.”
Services are pending with Russworm Funeral Home in Watonga.
Efforts to reach Rosalin's family have been unsuccessful.