Investigation continues into infant's apparent drowning

2013-10-24T12:15:00Z 2013-10-24T16:16:33Z Investigation continues into infant's apparent drowningBy Edith Brady-Lunny eblunny@pantagraph.com pantagraph.com
October 24, 2013 12:15 pm  • 

LEXINGTON — State and local authorities are continuing their investigation into the apparent drowning death of an infant boy Wednesday at his Lexington home.

McLean County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Jon Sandage said 18-month-old James R. Wilburn was at a home in the Hilltop Trailer Court about 9:30 a.m. when he was found unresponsive by his mother, Amanda Saltzman. The child was pronounced dead about an hour later at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center.

Results of an autopsy conducted Wednesday indicate the child’s death is consistent with drowning, said McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling, adding the coroner’s office has ordered additional forensic tests.

Police responding to the home were told by Saltzman that she placed the child in the tub and found him about 20 minutes later, said Sandage, head of the county’s Criminal Investigations Division.

The state Department of Children and Family Services also has opened an investigation into allegations of neglect in the case, said agency spokeswoman Karen Hawkins. The agency has no prior reports of abuse related to the 19-year-old mother and the deceased child, said Hawkins.

The Illinois State Police also is working with the sheriff’s department and coroner’s office on the investigation.

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