Daleville child's death under investigation

DALEVILLE, Ind. – Tragedy struck Daleville on Wednesday evening when an unresponsive two-year-old boy was found in a vehicle parked outside his family's apartment.

Efforts were made to resuscitate Jaxon Stults, but the little boy – who would have celebrated his third birthday in November – was pronounced dead in an ambulance that was racing him to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.

An autopsy is planned Thursday at the Muncie hospital.

The cause of death, and the events leading to the child being in the vehicle, remain under investigation.

However, both Daleville Town Marshal James King and Zach Crouch, a Delaware County deputy coroner, said the death was believed to be heat-related.

“Any child that’s locked in a vehicle in 90-degree weather for a certain amount of time, the heat is going to be a factor,” King said.

The town marshal – standing a few yards from two vehicles, a car and a SUV, that were surrounded by yellow police tape at the Salem Place apartment complex – said he could not discuss details of the case.

“As of right now, everything’s under investigation,” he said. “We’re doing interviews.”

Crouch said there were no immediate indications of trauma or other injuries that would have caused the child’s death.

Delaware County dispatchers received the first call concerning the child about 6:45 p.m. King said CPR was being performed on the boy when the first police officer arrived.

King, Daleville officers and Delaware County sheriff’s deputies were outside an apartment building directly across Sixth Street from the Daleville American Legion.