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Coroner rules toddler drowned


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The death of a 23-month-old girl found unresponsive in a swimming pool northwest of Columbus was caused by asphyxiation due to drowning, medical examiners in Indianapolis have determined.

The manner of Jazzilyn Jenkins’ death has been ruled accidental, according to Marion County Coroner spokeswoman Carrie England.

Investigators say the daughter of Matthew Jenkins and Erica Klepper of Columbus was visiting relatives when she was found in a 4-foot-deep pool in the Lowell Addition at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday.

While the girl’s pulse was revived through CPR, Jazzilyn was pronounced dead 34 hours later Thursday morning after being transferred from Columbus Regional to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Investigators, who say they don’t know how long the girl was in the pool before she was discovered, called in Child Protective Services as part of the continuing investigation.

Visitation for Jazzilyn Jenkins will be 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Erlewein Mortuary & Crematory, 1484 U.S. 40 West in Greenfield. A funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. A private burial will take place.

A complete obituary will appear in Sunday’s edition of The Republic.

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