An Indiana mother whose 2-year-old son died Wednesday after being left in a hot car has been arrested—and reportedly admitted to drinking all day as the child lay dying.
Authorities said 28-year-old Britni Wihebrink, of Salem, was taken into custody Thursday and is charged with “neglect of a dependent resulting in death” in connection with the horrifying case, Fox 59 reports.
Officials responded to a 911 call made by Wihebrink, who said someone performed CPR on her son, Jaxon Stults, who was apparently beginning to turn blue. Although medics rushed to the scene, it was too late. The toddler was pronounced dead on the way to a hospital.
A coroner cited the tot’s cause of death as being heat-related.
According to court documents obtained by Fox 59, Wihebrink confessed in an interview with detectives that she had been off of work Wednesday and began drinking at approximately 1 a.m. At about 1 p.m. or 2 p.m., she said she laid down for a nap with Jaxon.
Upon waking up, Wihebrink couldn’t locate the boy and called a friend to help find him, who arrived with her 15-year-old son at about 6:20 p.m., court documents state.
The friend’s son discovered Jaxon lying on the back floorboard of a vehicle, before the toddler was carried inside by the teen’s mother. Wihebrink initially said she found her toddler son in the car, according to investigators, but later changed her story and claimed she couldn’t remember who located the boy.
Wihebrink apparently told police that she had a couple of wine coolers and “three to four” Jim Beam Honey shots. She allegedly admitted that it could’ve been more but she “couldn’t remember.”
Police found seven empty Jim Beam 50 milliliter bottles in her home.
Officials said Wihebrink acknowledged having a “bad drinking problem.”
Wihebrink is behind bars at the Delaware County Jail without bail.
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[Feature Photo: Jaxon Stults, GoFundMe]