The oldest son of a man charged with raping and killing a 7-year-old Kentucky girl whose body was found in a creek has been arrested for allegedly making threats to a small-town police department after his father was taken into custody.
Bradley Madden, 20, allegedly warned Scottsville, Kentucky, police that he was "coming for you" — among the private messages he sent to the department's Facebook page, Scottsville Police Chief Jeff Pearson said Tuesday.
The messages started last Saturday, the day after his father, Timothy Madden, 38, of Scottsville, was arrested by Kentucky State Police on murder, kidnapping, first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy charges in the death of Gabriella Doolin, Pearson said.
The messages with obscene comments and threats continued until Monday, Pearson said.
Another alleged message from Bradley Madden said: "If u book my dad in and he does life u will do life watching ur back."
Bradley Madden was arrested Monday night in Macon County, Tennessee, on a warrant from Scottsville police. He was charged with 16 felony counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process and 16 misdemeanor counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, Pearson said.
"You can't take this stuff lightly," Scottsville Assistant Police Chief Darren Tabor said.
Kentucky State Police Trooper B.J. Eaton said the younger Madden's arrest was not part of the murder investigation.
"It is not in connection to the murder," he said. "It's just in connection to his father being arrested."
Pearson said he spoke with Bradley Madden by phone Saturday night and warned him to stop the alleged threats.
"I basically said, 'Look, we understand you're going through a whole lot. It's an investigation that's going on. I know it's affected your family also. But you cannot be threatening us or anyone else,'" the chief said.
Among the posts on his Facebook page, Bradley Madden wrote: "I want to apologize for what I said. It hurts so bad about my dad."
Kentucky authorities on Tuesday picked up Bradley Madden from a Tennessee jail and returned him to Kentucky.
Timothy Madden was arraigned Monday on his charges in Gabriella's death. A plea of not guilty was entered during the court hearing in Scottsville. Gabriella's mother, Amy Doolin, sobbed and held her hand over her mouth as a judge read the charges.
The child's family sat in the second row of the tense courtroom and Timothy Madden's family members sat near the back.
Timothy Madden has proclaimed his innocence in comments to media.
Gabriella, who was called Gabbi, disappeared during a youth football game on Nov. 14 at Scottsville, a town of 5,000 near the Tennessee state line. She was found dead less than a half-hour later in a creek. Gabbi died of manual strangulation and drowning, according to Timothy Madden's arrest warrant.
The police citation said Timothy Madden's DNA collected during the investigation matched that recovered from the child during the autopsy.
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