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Kayla Irwin and Daniel Clemans (Courtesy of the Meade County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A couple was charged in connection with the death of a 5-year-old boy in Meade County.

Just before 6 p.m. Monday, police were called to a home on Greer Road in Payneville on the report of a child not breathing, according police.

"The 5-year-old male was transported to Harrison County Hospital, where he was pronounced -- where he was pronounced deceased," Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee said.

The child, who has not been identified yet, died from blunt force trauma. 

Wimpee said Kayla Irwin, 28, and Daniel Clemans, 40, were both charged with complicity to murder. Irwin is the child's mother, and Clemans is her boyfriend. 

"The female was not there on the scene at the time when the 911 was called," Wimpee said. "This child didn't deserve to die."

It is case that hits close to home for Wimpee. In 2013, his 13-year-old son, Tucker Wimpee, was killed in a double-murder suicide.

"A lot of sleepless nights with my situation that I had my personal life by losing a child," he said. "When my son's life was taken, the guy took his own life too and his mom."

Wimpee said it's a loss that still hurts.

"Nobody can ever fill that hole in your heart. It's always going to be there," Wimpee said. "You look for smiles, change other people's lives, do good things."

That's why he's opening more than just his heart to the victim's family.

"I have spoken to the father of the child and opened up my house to the family," Wimpee said.

And in addition to dedicating his life to helping others, the sheriff has a potentially life-saving message to share.

"If you're a child and you're watching this and something's going on in your life that you know is not right, go to a school teacher. Leave a note," he said. "Let somebody know."

Irwin and Clemens were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Meade County Detention Center. Their both being held on $250,000 cash bonds. 

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