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Baby's death still under investigation

January 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While police and investigators are still putting together the case relating to the death of a five-month-old girl Monday morning in Columbia City, health officials and the Indiana State Police are saying the child was likely exposed to methamphetamine.
The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney’s office still is not releasing any information on the death of Taylor Lynn Creech who was rushed to Parkview Whitley Hospital Monday from her home at 730 Camden Drive where she was pronounced dead.
“Our results are pending until we get the toxicology results, which could take four to six weeks,” said County Coroner Scott Smith, who conducted the autopsy on the infant.
On the front door of the residence, stickers are placed condemning the home. The stickers were placed there by both the Indiana State Police and the Whitley County Health Department.
“I inspect the home with the police and if we find anything illegal related to methamphetamine, whether it be pre-cursors or other evidence of the drug, we condemn the home,” said Scott Wagner of the Health Department.
Wagner said he couldn’t comment on what exactly was found at the residence.
According to Wagner, the owner or owners of the home will have to pay for an inspection before the condemnation can be removed.
The Health Department sticker says the residence is “unfit for human habitation” and lists “presence of methamphetamine” as the reason.
According to Ron Galaviz of the Indiana State Police, “remnants of a meth lab” were found on the premises. The ISP sticker reports a “clandestine meth lab” was discovered in the house.
“We just want people to know there are hazardous materials in the house and they should enter at their own risk,” Galaviz said.
Wagner said his department has been busy with such cases in recent years.
“This is typical, last year we had seven homes condemned for methamphetamine,” he said.


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