Death of Ames toddler under investigation by police, Iowa Department of Human Services

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

The Ames Police Department and the Iowa Department of Human Services are investigating what they're calling the suspicious death of a male toddler, according to a Thursday news release.

Emergency units from the city's police department, fire department and Mary Greeley Medical Center responded to a medical call for the boy at 3:24 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of Florida Avenue, according to the release. The boy was airlifted from west Ames to a Des Moines area hospital in critical condition and died Sunday.

No arrests have been made and there are no known risks or dangers associated with the incident, the release said. 

The boy died from injuries sustained at home, Cmdr. Jason Tuttle said via email Thursday.

"The injuries were not consistent with the explanations the caretakers provided to responding officers and medical personnel," Tuttle said.

An autopsy was conducted Monday and police are "waiting for further results," Tuttle said.

"This is a heartbreaking case to investigate. The investigation is ongoing and active, so I cannot release much more," Tuttle said.

Isabella Rosario is a public safety reporter for the Ames Tribune. She can be reached by email at irosario@gannett.com or on Twitter at @irosarioc.