A 1-year-old Killeen child who died July 8 in Temple after being found unresponsive by his caretaker in May had a car seat safety strap wrapped around his neck when he was found not breathing, according to a Killeen police investigation.
Jaxson Partridge died July 8 at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, according to Texas Family Protective Services spokeswoman Lisa Block. He was pronounced by Justice of the Peace Don Engleking.
An arrest has not been made in the incident.
Killeen detectives have forwarded the case to the Bell County district attorney’s office for review.
Jaxson was found by a person who ran the day care he attended in the 5300 block of Sydney Harbour Court in Killeen about 1 p.m. May 12. He was asleep in his car seat when the caretaker stepped away.
Killeen police said Friday the caretaker returned to the vehicle after hearing another child crying in the car and called police upon finding the toddler unresponsive with a car seat strap around his neck.
First responders performed CPR on Jaxson when they arrived and were able to resuscitate him. He was then rushed to Metroplex Hospital by ambulance.
Child Protective Services is conducting a separate investigation.
Killeen police said the day care operation was in-home and unlicensed. Representatives from protective services asked the people who ran the operation to refrain from taking care of any children who aren’t related to them, Block said.
“It’s not uncommon to have an illegal operation,” Block said. “That’s why it’s important for parents to check out our website before they find a place.”