Father of murdered child speaks, encourages positive thinking

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - When Logan Altom found out he was going to be a father he said he had a mix of emotions.

"I definitely felt excited but a part of that, there's some uncertainty and some anxiety," he said.

Now as he prepares to bury his little girl, Lyryk Jean, his emotions are mixed again.

"It's hard to explain to most people," he said.

Lyryk's mother, 22-year-old Twin Falls native Amanda Dunlap, was booked Saturday morning into the Ada County Jail, charged with murder and nine counts of injury to a child, eight of which are felonies.

Altom said Dunlap broke off their relationship, and he hadn't been in contact much when she told him Lyryk was being life-flighted to Boise.

"I'm up there in Boise going through all that up there and that's the first time I'd seen her in over a month," Altom said.

She died six days later.

"It's really hard to hold it together," he said.

But Altom said he's trying to remain positive, and remember the light Lyryk was in the lives of people who knew her.

"Try to find a silver lining in even something as dark as this," he said. "She always brought joy to people's lives, always put a smile on their face."

Altom said it's easy to be angry.

"She was such a beautiful baby girl and it was such a heinous crime," he said.

But he wants to do something different.

"Appreciate every single second," he said. "Because that false sense of comfort could be taken from you at a moment's notice. I had that taken from me."

He said he thinks Lyryk would want him to stay positive.

"She had to know something that you didn't because she was just so happy all of the time," he said. "I think she kind of imparted a little bit of that to me throughout this ordeal."

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