WATERLOO | A medical examiner has ruled the death of a toddler found unconscious at an unregistered day care in June was accidental.
No charges have been filed in the death of 18-month-old Brody Harrelson of Waterloo. But Waterloo police investigated the incident, and their findings have been forwarded to the Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office for review, according to Capt. David Mohlis.
Police said Brody was being cared for at an in-home day care at 1415 Bertch Ave. on June 17. The toddler was buckled into an infant-sized car seat provided by the day care for a nap and placed in a closet, according to authorities.
About 3:50 p.m., the child was found unresponsive, and paramedics were called to the home. He was later pronounced dead at Covenant Medical Center.
In a recently filed death certificate, Dr. Michele Catellier with the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office indicated the child died of mechanical or positional asphyxia from a car seat strap. The certificate indicates a contributing condition may have been myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart wall possibly caused by a viral infection.
The day care wasn’t registered with the state, according to the Iowa Department of Human Services.