Two arrested in toddler’s death (updated)

A man and woman were arrested for the death of a toddler in West Baden Springs.

Brittany Harris
Tyler Harris

Nearly two months ago, Indiana State Police Detectives David Henderson and Shane Staggs, along with Orange County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jon Deaton and the Department of Child Services initiated an investigation into the death of a three-year-old toddler.

The investigation was opened on December 3, 2018, when the Orange County 911 Dispatch Center received an emergency call from 7487 West County Road 750 North, West Baden Springs, reporting an unresponsive infant in the home.

The infant was taken to IU Heath Paoli, where it was later pronounced deceased by Orange County Coroner Aaron Kemple and Deputy Coroner Tyler Phillips.

A later autopsy revealed the toddler died of methadone toxicity, according to Indiana State Police.

Investigators from both the Indiana State Police and Orange County Sheriff’s Department worked tirelessly for countless hours, if not days, trying to connect the dots in this tragedy, police said. Ultimately, law enforcement officers were able to obtain enough evidence to be granted two arrest warrants from the Orange County Circuit Court.

Brittany A. Harris, 22, of West Baden Springs, and Tyler W. Harris, 22, West Baden Spring, were charged with a Level 1 felony count of neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Tuesday, French Lick Police Department Assistant Chief of Police Brian Shipman arrested Brittany Harris without incident. Additionally, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jon Deaton and Sergeant Lloyd Tharp arrested Tyler Harris without incident.

Both Tyler and Brittany Harris are currently incarcerated in the Orange County Jail for $500,000 court surety bond and/or $50,000 cash bond.

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