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PRESS RELEASE

March 8, 2017

FOLLOW UP PRESS RELEASE TO THE ORIGINAL MARCH 6TH, 2017 

On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 at approximately 2:22 AM the Jasper County Sheriff’s’ Office received a 911 call of an infant not breathing.  This call originated from the Michael and Dannae Zylstra residence in Wheatfield, IN. 

Upon arrival of Sheriffs’ Deputies, they found a 2 ½ month old baby boy in respiratory distress and initiated CPR until relieved by Wheatfield Medics.   The baby was transported by ambulance to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso.

Due to the baby’s critical condition, the child was transferred to Comers Children’s’ Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  During the medical examination it was discovered that the infant had suffered traumatic injury which resulted in the respiratory distress.  At this point, Child Protective Services were notified and in return contacted the Sheriffs’ Office. 

From this information the search warrant was served on the Zylstra marital residence in Wheatfield where the drug charges originated. 

As the joint investigation continued Indiana Child Protective Services and Law Enforcement were notified on Sunday, March 5th at approximately 9:00 PM that the baby had died.  On March 7th, Jasper County Sheriffs’ Detectives, Wheatfield Marshal and Jasper County Coroner’s Office travelled to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and were present during the autopsy for the victim that can now be identified as Ayden M. Zylstra, age approximately 3 months. 

Upon completion of that medical examination, the pathologist determined Ayden’s death to be a homicide due to physical trauma. 

The investigation continues by the Law Enforcement agencies, Department of Children and Family Services, and Jasper County Coroner’s Office. 

 

 ALL SUSPECTS ARE INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY IN A COURT OF LAW


By: Terry J. Risner, Sheriff

 

 

FOLLOW UP PRESS RELEASE TO THE ORIGINAL