Mother appears in court for 8-year-old daughter's shooting death

Tiffany White (Photo: IMPD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — An Indianapolis mother made her first court appearance Monday afternoon in connection with her young daughter's shooting death at home.

The front porch where the shooting happened on Culver Street on the east side is filled with condolences for the 8-year-old victim. In court documents, her mother gave several accounts of what led to the shooting. Metro police are confident Kendrielle Brye did not shoot herself, but documents aren't clear who was behind the gun.

The girl's mother, Tiffany White, attended her initial hearing for neglect of the dependent resulting in death, where prosecutors say she failed to secure a gun. White also faces possession of a firearm by a felon plus cocaine and meth charges. Immediately after the shooting, White drove her injured daughter to a nearby Indianapolis fire station for help.

She reportedly told a firefighter she was asleep with her husband and she heard, "pop, pop, pop!" That's when she and her husband found their 3-year-old boy sitting on the floor crying and their little girl on the floor. Kendrielle suffered a critical gunshot wound to the face. Paramedics rushed her to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, where she later died.

But during talks with police at the fire station, mom's story changed. According to court documents, Tiffany told officers she was sitting in her car with her 3-year-old son when she heard about five gunshots and ran back into the home.

In another version written in court documents, White reportedly claimed the gunfire came from outside the house, possibly from someone in a car.

Metro police are still looking for the girl's father, Kendall Brye, to get his version of what happened. Brye's GPS home detention monitor shows his last known whereabouts at a Marathon gas station on East 38th Street.

Crime lab workers did recover a fired bullet, according to police. They did not find any shell casings outside the home, nor did they find any signs of a bullet penetrating the walls of the house outside or inside.

Investigators reportedly obtained a search warrant for the couple's home security system, which has exterior cameras.

Video shows Tiffany White arrive at home with her daughter at 1:01 p.m., and she never sat outside in the car. About four hours later at 5:10 p.m., the video shows Kendall Brye carrying his injured daughter out of the home and placing her in the backseat of their car. After mom rushed to the fire department for help at 5:16 p.m., Brye is seen carrying a black bag and his son out of the house. A minute later, he drove away with his son.

During her initial hearing, the judge gave Tiffany White two no contact orders for witnesses in the case, entered a preliminary not guilty plea for White, appointed her a public defender and set her bond at $100,000 surety.

A jury trial has been scheduled for June 12 at 9 a.m.