Boy's death at Fishers daycare determined to be accidental

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The death of a 21-month-old boy who died at a Fishers daycare last week has been ruled accidental.

The coroner determined that Anthony Dirrenzo died from "complications of mechanical asphyxia" and that his death was an accident.

Business records show the Home Away From Home licensed daycare operating out of the house is owned by Dan and Saundra Wahl.

Crews were called to the 13900 block of Hawkstone Drive at 12:21 pm last Thursday. When they arrived the found a 21-month-old boy on the floor in the basement. The boy was not breathing.

The first officer to arrive started CPR on the boy until paramedics got there a few minutes later. The boy was taken to Community North Hospital, but he could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives and evidence technicians arrived at the home to speak with the homeowners and process the scene. An investigator with the Hamilton County Department of Child Services was called to the home and spoke with the homeowners and detectives.

Police say there were a total of 15 children in the home at the time. 

Neighbors say the Wahls had operated the daycare for ten years with no problems. In fact, they say there was a waiting list.

"Just from talking to them and seeing the parents come in and out every day; they're always excited. Their kids have a good time. We even contemplated sending our two small boys there," said neighbor Shelley Johnson. "My heart aches for that family. I don't even know what to say for that family. I feel so sad for them."

The Wahls both worked at the daycare and were there Thursday. They have passed their last three inspections, although they were cited for not having CPR certification records last October. However, they turned over the records to the state within a month of the inspection.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Detective David Finn at 317-595-3300.