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Sugar Cookie

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Court documents are shedding light on the neglect of a dependent arrest of a 26-year-old Elwood man.

Police believe Jacob Wootton is responsible for his 2-year-old stepson’s death after allegedly admitting to his cousin that he forgot the toddler was in the tub. In addition, the toddler was found with multiple bruises on his back. Wootton claimed he smacked the boy a few times to try to get him to wake up, but later allegedly told his cousin that “I probably broke his ribs.”

Court documents show that day, the toddler’s mother, Alyson Stephen, left the toddler in the care of Wootton.

After she left, Wootton’s cousin and friend arrived at the residence.

One reportedly helped with CPR as the other called 911 after Wootton answered the door with the unresponsive toddler wrapped in a blanket. They told authorities later that Wootton was crying and the toddler was “cold to the touch.” After police arrived, the cousin reportedly told authorities Wootton stated to him, “I forgot about him.”

The Elwood Fire Department transported the 2-year-old with the arriving officer to St. Vincent Hospital in Elwood.

At the emergency room, authorities spoke with Wootton. Police said Wootton told them he thought the toddler “fell in the tub” after allegedly hearing “a thud.” He stated he left the bathroom for a little while to deal with two other children in the residence.

Wootton said the toddler was unresponsive in the tub and immediately began CPR.

Police then conducted an interview at the child care center in Elwood where two other stepchildren of Wootton attend. Police said one child told them that, “Jake gives baths, but also whoops us too.” The other child told police he is scared of Wootton and his mother, Stephen.

Marion County Coroner’s Office concluded that the toddler died from blunt force trauma and also had a hemorrhage in an optic nerve.

Once at the police station, Wootton admitted around 20 minutes went by before 911 was called. During that time, Wootton told police he smacked the toddler multiple times and bit the toddler in the cheek in an effort to wake him up.

Police charged Wootton with neglect of a dependent resulting in death after the autopsy results and because he allegedly waited 20 minutes to call 911.

The mother, Alyson Stephen, 23, was arrested on the charge of neglect of a dependent. More details will be released on her arrest at a later date.
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Ryder Alexander Rae Stephen

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Sejanus

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You don't just forget about a kid unless you have had a significant portion of your brain removed in a traffic accident. Now to the Casual Observer this assholes brain pain seems to be intact ergo his claim is false and without Merit
 

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Sugar Cookie

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Court documents show that day, the toddler’s mother, Alyson Stephen, had to be at work by 4 p.m. and left the toddler in the care of Wootton. She told police Wootton was in the living room, but he got up to walk back towards the bathroom as she was leaving.

After she left, Wootton’s cousin and friend arrived at the residence.

One reportedly helped with CPR as the other called 911 after Wootton answered the door with the unresponsive toddler wrapped in a blanket. They told authorities later that Wootton was crying and the toddler was “cold to the touch.” After police arrived, the cousin reportedly told authorities Wootton stated to him, “I forgot about him.”

Mom only mentions the penis going to the bathroom not the child. I think he had already beaten the child and placed him in the tub.

When the family members came over and the child was discovered that is when he meant to say the -

"Magic bath forgot to heal Ryder"
 

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Sugar Cookie

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Charges have been amended against the mother and stepfather of an Elwood toddler who died three days before his second birthday. Both are now charged with murder.

Alyson Stephen, 24, and Jacob Wootton, 26, were charged with Level 1 neglect of a dependent resulting in death following the death of 23-month-old Ryder Stephen on Oct. 29, 2018.

The amended charging information against Wootton also includes a life without parole enhancement. If convicted, he could face life in prison without the possibility of parole in the beating death of Ryder.

Stephen said she did not know what happened to Ryder when he was found unresponsive on Oct. 26, according to an affidavit of probable cause by Detective Ben Gosnell. She said she put Ryder in the infant bathtub while she got ready for work and left him there with Wootton.

When Ryder was taken to the hospital, Stephen said she was at work. The toddler was pronounced dead three days later by doctors at Riley Hospital for Children.

There was an active no-contact order between Wootton and Stephen after Elwood police arrested Wootton after he allegedly hit Stephen in front of her 4- and 2-year-old children in March 2018.

Prosecutors filed amended charges against Stephen and Wootton in May. The couple are listed as co-defendants in the case.
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