VAN WERT — Van Wert police are releasing only limited information surrounding the death last week of an infant at a residence on the city’s west side, pending the completion of an ongoing investigation.
At approximately 3 p.m. Thursday, the Van Wert Police Department received a 911 call in reference to an infant who was not breathing at a residence at 830 Leeson Ave. The dispatcher was able to give CPR instruction to the caller until the police arrived to conduct rescue attempts. EMS arrived on scene, and the infant was taken the Van Wert County Hospital and died at that facility, police said.
Investigators from the Van Wert Police Department’s detective bureau were called to the scene on Thursday afternoon and immediately began their investigation. An agent from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted with the probe, Lt. Douglas Weigle of the Van Wert Police Department said in a statement released Tuesday morning.
“The Van Wert Police Department is working closely with several agencies to include the Van Wert County Prosecutor Eva Yarger, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Van Wert Department of Jobs and Family Services to investigate the cause of death,” Weigle wrote.
Weigle added, “As of today’s date, not all of the examination reports from the medical field have returned, so we cannot conclude the investigation. Once the investigation is completed, we will give an update.”
Weigle would not comment on various social media reports that the infant died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
“We will not confirm anything until official test results are back,” Weigle said.
Van Wert County Coroner Scott Jarvis is unavailable for comment this week, a woman in his office said Monday.
The Leeson Avenue house is listed on the Van Wert County Auditor’s website as being owned by Larry D. and Nancy Jill Hoverman. Neighbors said Jill Hoverman ran a babysitting business out of the home, but it’s not clear whether the child who died was being cared for by Hoverman at the time of death.
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