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.
ELWOOD, Ind. - Court documents are shedding more light on the neglect of a dependent arrest of a 26-year-old Elwood man last Thursday. Jacob Wootton was taken into custody Thursday night on the charges of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, invasion of privacy, resisting law enforcement...
Ryder Alexander Rae Stephen
November 1, 2016 ~ October 29, 2018