Arianna S. Carmack
  October 28, 2010 -
February 13, 2013
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Arianna Carmack was found to be unresponsive by Police who had been called to her home. Arianna was found laying the middle of the living room floor and was pronounced dead on the scene. Steve Carmack wanted answers as for why his daughter died from chemical burns and why the Coroner was able to determine that his daughter had injuries on her body that were in the process of healing, at the time of her death:

"She was just the sweetest little girl ever. I'm just hurt. Destroyed"
Steve Carmack

Donald Riddle, who was the 27 year old friend of Wanetta Marie Lloyd, was babysitting Arianna and two other children in the home he was sharing with Wanetta, for the past few months. When Wanetta returned home, Donald tried to keep her from checking on her daughter, but she finally did and she called Police after finding her daughter unresponsive in her bed. Donald had left the home by the time Police arrived and was later found at the home of a friend. Donald was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

An autopsy showed that Arianna had died after suffering a flash burn from an unnamed chemical, she had burns on her head, chest and back. It was reported that there were no drugs or alcohol found in her system at the time of her death. A flash burn was defined:

"A flash burn is a quicker burn, it's not a long term exposure to flame, but
no one has, to my knowledge, said what might have caused it yet"
Jerry Drook - Lawyer

Steve lived in the same mobile home park and he was upset because he had not been asked to care for his daughter, saying that there was an ongoing family feud taking place and he feels that is why he was not asked. Arianna's grand- father had also been turned away earlier in the week when he had tried to visit her:

"My dad went to go see her the other day and she told him that she was sick"
That he couldn't have her and that's the last time we heard anything"

Steve said that he had never even met Donald Riddle though he had been told some things about him that he didn't care to repeat. Steven said that if he had been allowed to see his daughter, to care for her, she would still be alive:

"I'm right down the road and I could've watched her. As a father, you
don't wish
that upon an kid, you know? And for that to happen to your
own, it's kind of horrible"

A candlelight vigil was held for Arianna at Steve's home.

The trial began and details were came out. Donald had repeatedly told Arianna's mother, who had come home from work at about 2:00 a.m., changed her clothes and then left again, that he had already checked on her, so she went about her business, eating, running errand and watching television. Eventually, reports say about 9:00 p.m., Wanetta went to check on Arianna and when she pulled back the blanket, her daughter was stiff, not breathing and her face was so red it looked to be covered in blood. Donald pretended to call 911 and then left the home. Donald later admitted to Police that he had not even checked on Arianna all night long, he had not explanation for not checking on her.

The skin on this little Angels face, chest and back had been burned off and it appeared that her shirt had caught on fire during the burning and was not removed quick enough to avoid injury. Doctors said if she had been taken to the hospital at the time, she would have lived. Donald entered a not guilty plea and was held without bond due to his arrest being a probation violation.

In April of 2014 a jury convicted Donald Riddle of neglect charges in the death of Arianna after seven days of a trial taking place. Donald insisted that he had no idea how Arianna had received the burns. Reports said that Wanetta Marie Lloyd was awaiting trial on the same charges and would go on trial beginning in September of 2014.

I am unable to find anything further on this story.


Arianna S. Carmack
Oct. 28, 2010 - Feb. 13, 2013
Posted Thursday, February 21, 2013 4:00am

Arianna S. Carmack, 2, was taken to heaven on February 13, 2013 at 9:56 p.m. in her home. Arianna was born in Marion on October 28, 2010. Arianna was a loving and happy little girl that was always giggling. When she was at home she loved watching cartoons, especially "Sponge Bob Square Pants" and "Dora the Explorer" and playing with her siblings.

Arianna will be sadly missed by her mother, Wanetta "Marie" Lloyd, Marion; father, Steven Carmack, Marion; two brothers, Dalton W. D. Beals, Stevie Carmack; two sisters, Donna K. Beals and Mkylah Carmack; maternal grandparents, Randy and Anita Lloyd, Marion; paternal grandfather, Steve Carmack, Marion; paternal grandmother, Kathy Mark, Daleville.

She was preceded in death by sister, Kaylynn Carmack.

Obituary found here:

UPDATE: February 11, 2016
(Thank you Carrie and Tasha for this update)

In May of 2014 Donald Riddle was found guilty of felony neglect of a dependent resulting in death, possession of controlled substances and possession of Marijuana and was sentenced to 56 1/2 years in prison.

In February of 2015, Wanetta Marie Lloyd was sentenced to 35 years with a mandatory 25 served and ten on probation. Superior Judge Dana Kenworthy sentenced her to 35 years for neglect, two years for dealing Marijuana and two years for maintaining a common nuisance charge, the sentences will run concurrently.

This page was created on February 12, 2015
Death Occurred in the state of Ohio

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