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Authorities Continue to Investigate Lexington Child's Death

LEXINGTON - Police chief Dave Schneider was working around the office at the Lexington police station when he got a chilling call over the scanner.
LEXINGTON - Police chief Dave Schneider was working around the office at the Lexington police station when he got a chilling call over the scanner.

"Heard that it was an 18 month old. It appeared to be a possible drowning situation," said Schneider.

So, Schneider rushed to the scene, just down the road at 24 Hilltop Trailer Road.

"Your mindset going into it is this is real, and obviously, this is something that's very, very serious," said Schneider.

When he arrived, he found the child on the floor of the trailer, where an aunt was giving CPR to the child, James Wilburn. Then, Schneider took over.

"First couple cycles of CPR I administered before I got the breath, rolled him over and I got a small amount of water out, but I mean very little," said Schneider.

When the emergency responders arrived, authorities say the child still wasn't breathing and Schneider's responsibilities changed.

"Just trying to keep people from coming in to the trailer, and just trying to give EMS all the room they needed," said Schneider.

From there, authorities say Wilburn was rushed to Advocate BroMenn, where he was pronounced dead one hour later.

The county coroner says the cause of death was drowning, after Wilburn's mother placed Wilburn in the tub and found him face down about 20 minutes later.

This news has left the community shaken.

"Last night, I have a 2 and a half year old granddaughter, and I went and picked her up. She spent the night with me. It gave me comfort," said Schneider.

The county coroner says they still have to run additional forensic reports, like electrolytes and toxicology, before they can complete an autopsy.

At this time, it's unknown whether there will be charges filed against Wilburn's mother. The results from the forensic tests should come in two to three weeks.

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