Adams Co. 18-month-old baby dies in overheated room

Jeremy Cox, Jesika Case (Source: ACSO)
Jeremy Cox, Jesika Case (Source: ACSO)

MANCHESTER, OH (FOX19) - A couple is behind bars after an 18-month-old girl was reportedly left in an overheated room in Adams County.

Police say Jesika Case and Jeremy Cox were taken into custody late Wednesday morning after their 18-month-old daughter, Jailynn Cox, was found unresponsive.

Authorities believe the baby was left in an overheated room, in a house located at 517 E. 5th Street in Manchester, Ohio.

According to investigators, the child was sleeping in a small room on the second floor with no duct work. As a result, the room was chilly and a space heater was put on a nearby nightstand to keep the baby warm.

Police say Jailynn was put to bed around 11 p.m., with the space heater about 3 to 5 feet from her crib and the door closed.

Reportedly, she wasn't checked on until 11 a.m. the next morning, and was unresponsive.

Authorities say Cox ran out of the house, and a nearby mail carrier ran upstairs to attempt CPR.

When responders arrived on scene, the heat in the baby's room was so intense, police say it took their breath away.

Both parents are currently being held in the Adams County Jail, charged with negligent homicide and child endangering.

Neighbors say the couple also has two older sons.

The investigation is ongoing, and offials were still on scene as of Thursday afternoon.

We'll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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