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Woman had 5 drinks before son, 2, found in hot car, dies

September 6, 2018

This photo provided by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office in Muncie, Ind., shows Britni Nicole Wihebrink, who is being held on a preliminary charge of neglect of a dependent after authorities say her son died after being found unresponsive inside a vehicle parked outside his home Wednesday night, Sept. 5, 2018, during hot weather in Daleville, Ind. (Delaware County Sheriff's Office via AP)

DALEVILLE, Ind. (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 11 a.m. Wednesday and had two wine coolers and three or four bourbon drinks — and possibly more drinks — before taking a nap about 1 or 2 p.m., a probable cause affidavit said.

Her son, 2-year-old Jaxon Stults, was found “very hot and stiff” on the rear floorboard of her car about 6:30 p.m., and 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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Information from: The Star Press, http://www.thestarpress.com

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