FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - The Marion County Coroner's Office determined Friday the death of a toddler at an in-home daycare was from complications of mechanical asphyxia. The manner of death is accidental, according to a spokesperson for the coroner.
The spokesperson couldn't elaborate on what caused the asphyxia.
Fishers police say they were called at 12:21 p.m. Thursday. They say the operator of a home day care in the 13000 block of Hawkstone Drive, called to report that a 21-month old toddler in the home's care was not breathing.
Police say the child was found in the basement, with the homeowner. The daycare is licensed.
"The child was being assisted at that time by the homeowner, and an officer took over CPR until the paramedics arrived," said Tom Weger, with the Fishers Police Department. "At this point, the investigation is still active, but there is no indication of foul play."
The child was taken to Community North Hospital and was pronounced dead.
Neighbors tell 24-Hour News 8 the daycare is a family business, and a popular one. It's called "Home Away from Home," according to records.
"The Wahl family is an extremely responsible, nice family. It had to be an accident," said neighbor Becky Null. "They are so careful with their children. It's just a horrible accident."
Police say there were 15 other children in the home at the time. State records show the daycare is licensed to hold 16.
Their last three inspections show no problems. In 2010, records show they'd been cited for an expired CPR license. Police say they do not suspect foul play.
"I can't imagine how the parents of the little boy feel. They've gotta be in the 20s or 30s, just a living nightmare," said Null.
Police have not yet released the name of the victim.
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