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UPDATED: Neighbors react to murder charges in toddler death

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At first, police said an 18-month old boy was dead in a motel room was not suspicious.  But Monday, the toddler's father was arrested for murder.

Back on April 4th, Cedar Falls Police were called to the Midway Studios Motel for a report of a child not breathing.  18-month-old Kaleb Reddout was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.  Monday, Kaleb's father, 23-year-old Daniel Reddout, was booked on murder charges.

At first, the cause of little 18-month-old Kaleb's death was undetermined.  But an autopsy later revealed the toddler had been suffocated in an apparent attempt by his father, Daniel, to put him to sleep.  Those who live in Daniel Reddout's neighborhood are stunned and still saddened at a life lost too soon.

A mobile home in the 3200 block of Parkridge Road in Waterloo is where 18-month-old Kaleb Reddout lived part of the time with his father Daniel.  Daniel Reddout is now behind bars, charged with killing his young son at a Cedar Falls motel back in April.  Reddout's neighbors are having a hard time coming to terms with it all.

"It's just crazy for me to even think about it.  He was in my back yard, you know, I mean literally five feet from my house," said neighbor Dale Ulfers.

Ulfers has a son close to Kaleb's age, and he can't imagine how any parent could possibly murder their own child.

"That's just sickening to even have.. I just can't even fathom to think of doing anything like that to a kid,  you know," Ulfers said.

The news of Reddout's arrest is especially tough on his neighbor Linda Christie because she knows just what Kaleb's family must be going through.  Nearly six years ago, her five-year-old granddaughter was murdered in Floyd County.

"I know exactly how they feel.  They're in shock, disbelief.  And I understand it's going to take a while to let that sink in," Christie said.

Christie says the pain of losing as a child in your family never goes away, and she hopes that Kaleb's loved ones will seek out help to cope with their loss, as she did through a homicide victims support group.  For now, the tight knit neighborhood is just hoping that since an arrest has been made in Kaleb's death, that justice will be done.

Some neighbors also believe Reddout's history of drug use may have played a role in what happened to Kaleb. While police have not confirmed that, criminal records show that Reddout has previously been convicted of drug related charges.

This also isn't the first time Daniel Reddout has been in the news.  In 2006, police say his mother and her boyfriend falsely report to the Waterloo Courier that the then 17-year-old had died, so they could take time off work from Tyson Foods.  But Daniel was alive and well the whole time.

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