Ames PD investigating toddler’s suspicious death

Ames Police have launched an investigation into the passing of a young toddler after authorities were led to believe the child’s death was “suspicious.”

According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, “inconsistencies” between the story police were told by the toddler’s parents and the actual details surrounding the child’s death have led officials to peer further into the case.

An Ames PD press release indicated that on Saturday, April 24 at 3:24 p.m., emergency units were sent to a medical call involving a toddler somewhere in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue. The Ames Fire Department, police, and paramedics all responded to the incident. Thereafter, the toddler was airlifted to a Des Moines area hospital in critical condition.

One day later, on Sunday, April 25, the child passed away. Authorities are withholding additional information in regards to the case with the investigation currently open.

The Ames Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, along with the Iowa Department of Human Services, is currently investigating the tragedy. According to Tuttle, the community is at no known risk or danger related to the incident.

Although no arrests have been made up to this point, the investigation is ongoing, and Ames PD is asking anyone with information on the toddler’s death to contact authorities immediately. Ames PD can be reached at 515-239-5133. An anonymous tip-line is available at 515-239-5533. In addition, Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa can be contacted by calling 515-223-1400 or by visiting their website at

This is a developing story. Stay tuned to StoryCounty.News, as well as our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for continuous updates from around the county.

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