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Mourners join family for slain Indiana toddler's funeral

  • Owen County Prosecutor Don Vandermoere speaks during a press conference outside the Owen County Courthouse after Kyle Parker's hearing Monday, March 28, 2016 in Spencer, Ind. Parker faces murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Shaylyn Ammerman, whose body was found Thursday night following two days of intensive searching.  (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP)

    Owen County Prosecutor Don Vandermoere speaks during a press conference outside the Owen County Courthouse after Kyle Parker's hearing Monday, March 28, 2016 in Spencer, Ind. Parker faces murder, rape, kidnapping and other charges in the death of Shaylyn Ammerman, whose body was found Thursday night following two days of intensive searching. (Jeremy Hogan/The Herald-Times via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Kyle Parker is seen in this undated photo provided by the Indiana State Police. Owen County prosecutors filed murder and other charges Monday, March 28, 2016, against 22-year-old Parker in a 1-year-old Indiana girl Shaylyn Ammerman's death. Charging documents say investigators questioned Parker after Shaylyn was reported missing Wednesday morning from the Spencer, Ind., home where her father, uncle and grandmother lived. The documents say Parker first denied involvement, but later directed police to the wooded location where her body was found Thursday night. (Indiana State Police via AP)

    Kyle Parker is seen in this undated photo provided by the Indiana State Police. Owen County prosecutors filed murder and other charges Monday, March 28, 2016, against 22-year-old Parker in a 1-year-old Indiana girl Shaylyn Ammerman's death. Charging documents say investigators questioned Parker after Shaylyn was reported missing Wednesday morning from the Spencer, Ind., home where her father, uncle and grandmother lived. The documents say Parker first denied involvement, but later directed police to the wooded location where her body was found Thursday night. (Indiana State Police via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, March 25, 2016 photo, Jessica Stewart holds a balloon during a candlelight prayer vigil for her daughter Shaylyn Ammerman at a park in Spencer, Ind. Several hundred people have gathered for the prayer vigil to mourn the loss of the girl found dead days after she went missing. (Jeremy Hogan/Bloomington Herald-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    In this Friday, March 25, 2016 photo, Jessica Stewart holds a balloon during a candlelight prayer vigil for her daughter Shaylyn Ammerman at a park in Spencer, Ind. Several hundred people have gathered for the prayer vigil to mourn the loss of the girl found dead days after she went missing. (Jeremy Hogan/Bloomington Herald-Times via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Mourners joined family members at a visitation ahead of the funeral Wednesday evening for an Indiana toddler who was found slain last week after police say she was abducted from her father's home.

The parking lot of the Christian Life Center in Spencer was filled as the visitation began for 1-year-old Shaylyn Ammerman. Her funeral was to be followed by a private burial.

The girl's father, Justin Ammerman, embraced visitors as they arrived. Many of the mourners donned purple ribbons, Shaylyn's favorite color.

Several police officers were present outside the visitation after reports surfaced on social media that someone might try to disrupt it, WTHR-TV reported.

"If someone's here to make their statement known, they're more than welcome to say it out here in public, but as far as inside that church, we're going to let the family grieve," Indiana State Police Sgt. Curt Durnil said.

Prosecutors have charged 22-year-old Kyle Parker of Spencer with murder, rape, kidnapping and other counts in connection with Shaylyn's death. Authorities say Parker drank whiskey with the girl's uncle and then waited until the family fell asleep before abducting the toddler. Her body was found in a remote, wooded location after two days of searching.

A judge has ordered Parker jailed without bond and entered a not guilty plea for him. The Owen County Jail was holding him in solitary confinement and on a suicide watch, standard practice when a person faces charges "of this magnitude" and until he can be evaluated by medical professionals, Assistant Jail Commander Marjie Ryan said.