Daycare investigation concludes


By Sophie Pappas

It was a normal morning at Dawn ‘Til Dusk daycare in Zionsville. Babies were fed, diapers were changed and cribs were prepped for naptime.

But for one little girl, this would be her last morning. On August 27, three-month-old Charlotte Henthorn was found unresponsive in her crib. According to Deputy Scott Pell of the Boone County Sheriffs Department the investigation into Henthorn’s death ended after the Indiana State Police declared no wrongdoing on the part of the daycare facility.

“I think what happened with the infant was truly very unexpected and innocent,” said former Dawn ‘Til Dusk employee, Emily Michaels.

It was concluded that Henthorn died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS.

According to the American Association of Pediatrics SIDS affects nearly 2,000 infants every year across America and cannot be detected in healthy babies. It was formerly thought that asphyxiation was linked to these deaths.

Asphyxiation, through the use of pillows or blankets in the child’s crib, was not a part of this case.

“I think [Dawn ‘Til Dusk] is safe,” Michaels said. “I worked in the nursery mostly and I loved it. Each room has phones so if help was ever needed it was just a phone call away and Dawn, the owner, checked in frequently.”

Dawn Ludlow Lantz, of Zionsville, has owned the licensed childcare facility since its opening in 1991.

“There was no neglect of any kind,” Lantz wrote in an email to Current in Zionsville.

“I have known the owner of Dawn ‘Til Dusk for years,” said former Zionsville resident Krysta Hoover. “She is amazing and runs an amazing business.”


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