Couple accidentally let wanted child hit-and-run suspect stay at their home

An Indiana couple turned in their houseguest after seeing his photo on Facebook in connection to a hit-and-run that killed a child.

Kyson Beatty, 11, died after being struck by a vehicle on 11 December south of Indianapolis.

He had been riding a small motorbike and was declared dead at the scene, according to the Indianapolois Metropolitan Police Department.

Police later announced that a flatbed truck was of interest in the investigation.

Katie Book and Craig King said a man, identified as John Killough Jr, came to their home on 17 December asking for a place to stay. They said they recognised Mr Killough as a neighbour's friend.

Speaking to CBS 4, Ms Book said: "They started talking, and [Mr Killough] wanted to stay in the camper, and [Mr King] said, 'Well, you could stay for the night.'

"We let him in this morning to warm up, and we fed him and let him take a shower.

"He was definitely nervous."

Ms Book then saw a photo of Mr Killough on Facebook and that he was wanted by police for the hit-and-run.

"I freaked out and jumped him," she said, adding that she then called law enforcement. "I'm like, 'That's the guy, that's the guy.'"

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Jail records show that Mr Killough has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic violator and possession of methamphetamine.

Ms Book said the child's father came to their home to thank them.

She said: "He said, 'At least now before I lay my son to rest on Monday, I've got closure knowing he's behind bars.'"

A vigil was held for Kyson last week by the Decatur Youth Football League.

A GoFundMe for his family, organised by Deanna Gault has raised over £15,000.

The page says that Kyson "was a fun-loving boy and those who really knew him saw his bubbly personality.

"He was an amazing son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew, friend and teammate. He was full of life, loved to joke around and be silly, and had a contagious smile."

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