WATONGA — A man who confessed to stabbing and killing an 8-year-old Watonga girl was digging a hole in a field to bury her when her father arrived, a state agent reported.
James “Icey” Daukei Jr., 20, of Watonga, was charged with first-degree murder Friday in Blaine County in the death of second-grader Rosalin Reynolds. He is accused in stabbing her multiple times with a knife.
The child's body had at least four puncture or incise wounds, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agent Martin
Authorities have not said what led to the attack.
Ralph Reynolds, the child's father, told investigators he and another man, Frank Skinner, found Daukei about 5 a.m. Wednesday lying next to the child in a field behind Grand Prairie Apartments, where the family lives.
Daukei had a shovel which he had used to dig a hole, the agent reported.
Daukei chased Reynolds with the shovel, according to the agent, and Skinner ran to call police. Daukei then ran away. He was arrested about 10 a.m. near Watonga.
Daukei is a cousin of Rosalin's mother and had spent the night with the Reynolds family.
An autopsy showed the victim died of a stab wound to the chest, said Cherokee Ballard, state medical examiner's office spokeswoman.
Ballard did not release any other details about the autopsy.
Rosalin was reported missing from the apartment about 4:45 a.m.
The family searched the apartment building, knocking on neighbors' doors, before the father took a flashlight and searched the nearby field.
Rosalin's grandmother was hospitalized after a severe anxiety attack on Thursday, said Lisa Liebl, Cheyenne & Arapaho tribal spokeswoman.
The child's mother, Erma Daukei, told a KFOR reporter on Thursday that her other two children were taken into state Department of Human Services custody. A DHS spokeswoman said Friday she was prohibited by law from discussing the case.
More than $2,800 has been raised to help the family with expenses, Liebl said.
Rosalin's funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Watonga High School.