Indiana Mom Whose Daughter, 3, Found Dead in Septic Tank With ‘Sewage in Hair and Eyes’ Demands Babysitter Be Charged
An Indiana mother is fighting for justice after her 3-year-old child was found dead in a septic tank while in the care of her babysitter.
Jill Humphries said she received a disturbing call from her sister several hours after she left for work in October, Cincinnati station WXIX reported. She cried hysterically and told Humphries that emergency workers were performing CPR on her child, Kenna.
Humphries’ niece had been babysitting Kenna at the time of her death.
It is believed that Kenna opened the lid and either fell or climbed into the septic tank outside the house and then couldn’t get out.
When she was found, Kenna had “sewage in her hair and in her eyes” and felt cold, Humphries said.
She was taken to hospital, but paramedics were unable to revive her.
“When she got there, they all knew she was gone,” Humphries said. “The coroner said there was no heat left in her body.”
Humphries recalled rocking her daughter for more than six hours until the coroner finally came to pick up the body.
Kenna Harper Wilson.GoFundMe
The babysitter has not been publicly named because she is under 18 and no charges are being filed against her.
Ric Hertel, the prosecutor for Ripley County in southeastern Indiana, said that while the incident was tragic, there was no evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
“My heart goes out to her, but there are situations that are terrible accidents,” Hartel wrote in a statement.
However, Humphries said she believes the incident was a clear case of negligence. “She neglected my child. And so my child ended up dead in a septic tank,” she told WXIX.
Humphries said her family canceled Christmas this year because in addition to Kenna’s death, the family is also grieving the death of Humphries’ sister.
“Some days I can’t get up,” she said. “Some days I can’t go to work alone.”
Humphries said she is currently exploring whether she can seek justice in civil court.
A family friend set up a GoFundMe to help cover Kenna’s funeral expenses and has raised more than $3,500 so far.
Jill Humphries says she is still grieving the loss of her daughter Kenna after she was found dead in a septic tank while being cared for by a babysitter.GoFundMe