Toddler’s death under investigation
A 2-year-old child from Leavenworth was pronounced dead after being taken to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville early March 9.
According to a police report from the Indiana State Police, Crawford County E-911 dispatchers received a medical emergency call late March 8, reporting that a 2-year-old child was having difficulty breathing and was being transported by personal vehicle to the Leavenworth Fire House. Debbie Young, of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, along with members of the Leavenworth Fire Department and Crawford County EMS, responded.
When the child arrived at the firehouse, firefighters and EMS personnel began to work on the child. Minutes later, the child, later identified as Conner Gaddis, was flown to Kosair Children’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After learning that the child had died, Young requested assistance from the Indiana State Police.
ISP Det. Rick Magill said the child was being cared for by family friends, who, throughout the night, had noticed that the child’s breathing was becoming more difficult. Due to their remote location, they decided to call 911 and drive the child to the Leavenworth firehouse.
‘This is an unfortunate death and, as of right now, it is an unexplained death,’ Magill said during an investigation the following day.
An autopsy was performed March 9, but the results of the autopsy and an official cause of death will not be released until toxicology results are back from a laboratory.
Detectives are still treating the case as a death investigation. Once the toxicology results are received, the investigators will turn the case over to the Crawford County prosecutor for review.
‘A prosecutorial review is standard procedure in any investigation,’ Magill said.