Zionsville Times Sentinel

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August 27, 2013

Police investigating infant death at day care

Zionsville — Editor's note: Marion County Chief Deputy Coroner reported that an autopsy revealed the child died of natural causes.

State police are investigating the sudden death of a 3-month-old infant who died at the Dawn 'Til Dusk Day Care in Zionsville Tuesday morning.

At 10:42 a.m., Boone County Central Dispatch received a call about an unconscious infant not breathing at the day care at 11702 N. Michigan Road. 

Indiana State Police Officer David Bursten, public information officer, said Charlotte Henthorn was discovered unresponsive in a crib at the day care. Employees tried to resuscitate the infant and she was taken to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation is underway, but Bursten said there is no sign of criminal action.

She is the daughter of Thomas and Ashley Henthorn of Lebanon. Thomas Henthorn is an officer with the Zionsville Police Department.

The day care is owned by Dawn Ludlow Lantz of Zionsville. It is a licensed and inspected day care that provides infant care and preschool, according to the business' website. It has been in operation since 1991. According to the website, the day care adheres to state guidelines, including a 4:1 infant ratio.

The Zionsville Fire Department, Boone County Sheriff's Office and Boone County Child Protective services, along with the St. Vincent Hospital Critical Incident Stress Management team are assisting investigators.

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