Woman Was Intoxicated as Son Was in Hot Car

The 2-year-old died on the way to the hospital
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 6, 2018 7:28 PM CDT
Woman Was Intoxicated as Son Was in Hot Car
Britni Nicole Wihebrink   (Delaware County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A central Indiana woman whose son died after being found in a hot car had at least five drinks before taking a nap several hours earlier, authorities said Thursday. Britni Nicole Wihebrink, 28, of Daleville told an investigator she woke up with a hangover, began drinking about 11am Wednesday and had two wine coolers and three or four bourbon drinks—and possibly more drinks—before taking a nap about 1 or 2pm, a probable cause affidavit said, per the AP. Her son, 2-year-old Jaxon Stults, was found "very hot and stiff" on the rear floorboard of her car about 6:30pm.

The boy was pronounced dead in an ambulance on the way to a hospital, the affidavit said. Wihebrink is being held without bond on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent. Court records don't list her lawyer. An autopsy was planned Thursday. Delaware County deputy coroner Zach Crouch told The Star Press the death likely was heat-related. The National Weather Service said high temperatures topped 90 Wednesday in the Daleville area about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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