Coroner releases name of newborn found not breathing, parents arrested
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Two Evansville parents are in jail after officers were called to help with an infant who wasn’t breathing.
Officers went to West Oregon Street just before 7 a.m. Wednesday for a nearly two-week-old baby who was not breathing.
“Officers arrived and EFD and AMR were already on scene, attempting life-saving measures,” Evansville Police Assistant Chief Philip Smith said.
Smith says they couldn’t get the baby to start breathing again.
The coroner identified the baby as Wade Wilson. His autopsy is set for Thursday.
Police say Wade was just 13 days old.
Officers say they found narcotics and paraphernalia in the home.
Detectives spoke with the baby’s mother, Taylor Smith.
Smith told them that she went to sleep with her child around 2 a.m. and woke up with the baby underneath her.
The father, Timothy Wilson, was also at the home.
According to a press release, Wilson told detectives that Smith was ordered by the Department of Child Services not to be around the child due to a prior investigation.
“They made a determination as a family to disobey that order. That was probably not the best course of action as we now know we have a child that’s no longer with us,” Smith said.
They say Wilson ignored the order “to be a family.”
Officers received a warrant and say they found evidence of narcotic use.
They also say the home had no running water and conditions were unfavorable.
Despite this, neighbors say they were surprised to hear the news on Wednesday morning.
“They were nice, they were funny, they rode bikes together, they were always good neighbors for me. I liked them and I consider them my friends,” Jacqui Jarman said, a neighbor of Smith and Wilson.
Both Smith and Wilson were arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death.
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