Investigators: Neglect Charges Could Follow Baby's Autopsy
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
An autopsy will be performed Wednesday on a 16-month-old girl who died at Nationwide Children's Hospital Monday morning.
Dr. Juan Morales, an emergency room physician at Doctors West Hospital, tells investigators the baby, Mia Wilder, had been brought to the hospital on Saturday by her father, Michael Wilder.
Morales tells investigators Mia had a core temperature of 106 degrees, no pulse, was not breathing and had bruising around her eyes, which are signs of dehydration. He also reported the child had discoloration and rash on her buttocks, which are signs of malnourishment.
Mia was transported by medical helicopter from Doctors West to Nationwide Children's Hospital where she died Monday morning, according to police. Doctors say she weighed only 17.6 pounds.
Investigators were told that the baby may have been neglected.
Neighbors living near Michael Wilder tell NBC4 they had never seen or heard the baby.
"How do you keep a baby from crying when she's starving? I mean none of us saw anything. And we are all really devastated," said one neighbor.
On Saturday, investigators from the Franklin County Sheriff's office served at search warrant at the home of the baby's father. Inside the home, investigators reportedly seized a heater-fan unit, crib padding, a bed sheet and various pills.
The father is currently being investigated for child endangering and permitting child abuse, according to investigators.
More serious charges could be filed pending the results of the autopsy. No arrests have been made at this time.