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Father of slain 4-year-old girl will face child abuse charges

Associated Press
Published January 23, 2005

ORLANDO - The husband of a woman accused of killing their 4-year-old daughter has been arrested in Alabama and will return to Orange County to face aggravated child abuse charges.

Nathan Gadison, 25, was taken into custody in Huntsville on Tuesday. He is not considered a suspect in the death of young Kai Gadison. But the Orange County sheriff's homicide detectives who interviewed Gadison in Alabama said he "confessed to hitting his kids as well as failing to protect the children" from his wife.

Kenya Hill, 27, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse.

Detectives have spoken with Gadison a few times by phone since Kai was found dead in a filthy motel room shared with her mother and four siblings last month. Authorities received a break when Gadison called Detective Mark Hussey and Hussey told him that he was cleared in the little girl's death and would gladly mail him a sheriff's report. Gadison disclosed a Huntsville address, and he was arrested soon after.

"I think he needs to be put in for stupid criminal of the month," said Detective Jim Russell, Hussey's partner. Gadison had left his wife two days before she allegedly hit Kai.

[Last modified January 23, 2005, 00:13:14]

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