DELPHOS — Seconds after responding to a 911 call, an emergency medical worker told a sheriff’s dispatcher the 1-year-old boy she was sent to rescue was dead.
“He’s gone. He’s as cold as can be,” the worker who identified herself as Sandy said on a 911 call reporting Tuesday’s death of a 1-year-old on the west edge of Delphos.
The worker then asked the operator to send police.
“Get them out here. Please hurry. Get the cops out here,” she said.
Police arrived within minutes and the Van Wert County Coroner was called to the scene to pronounce the child dead. The child’s body was sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy and the results are pending, Delphos Police reported.
Police are not releasing the name of the child. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to the scene to process it for possible evidence, police said.
The call was placed to 911 at 11:56 a.m. Tuesday. The call was for help with an unresponsive child at 24249 Lincoln Highway by the child’s mother where she stayed at the old Lincoln Inn.
The mother tells the operator she checked on her son and found him unresponsive.
“He’s not breathing. He’s not moving,” she said. “He didn’t respond to anything I did.”
She tells the operator her son did not eat Monday and was sick. The woman is sobbing during the call.
A woman’s voice is heard in the background asking where the child was. The mother tells the woman her son was in his crib.
The dispatcher asked the mother about the last time she saw her son breathing. She said the day before.
“So he’s been in bed since yesterday?” the dispatcher said.
The mother replied, “Yes, because he wasn’t feeling good. He wasn’t responding.”
The dispatcher asked what color the child was.
“He’s pale,” the mother responded.
A woman’s voice is heard in the background saying emergency medical personnel were at the apartment.
The mother is then heard screaming and the emergency medical responder takes the phone to tell the dispatcher the child is dead.
Attempts to reach Delphos Police for additional information Friday were unsuccessful. The police department issued a written statement announcing no further details would be released due to the investigation.
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