One newborn dies after being found in toilet with twin

Debbie Flores
Debbie Flores
Chief Dwight Ingle
Chief Dwight Ingle
Bruce Casey
Bruce Casey
America's Best Inn and Suites
America's Best Inn and Suites

CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) - Police in Clarksville, Indiana are conducting a death investigation after a baby was found dead in a motel toilet. The investigation began July 22 at America's Best Inn and Suites room 174 after police got a 911 call from a man who told dispatchers there was an "emergency situation."

When officers arrived at the motel in the 300 block of Eastern Boulevard, they say 36-year-old Betsy Dalton was sitting on the bed. Police repeatedly asked what was wrong when they say Jerry Conrad, finally told them that there were babies in the toilet.

Officers found the two newborns inside the toilet. A male newborn was on the bottom and the female newborn was lying on top of him. When police pulled the babies out of the toilet, they say little girl began crying. It was too late to save the boy; he was pronounced dead at Clark Memorial Hospital.

Police say both Dalton and Conrad, who is the father of the twins, are transients and had been staying at this motel since February. Debbie Flores, a friend of Conrad's, came by the motel on Tuesday.

"It is all a complete shock to me," said Flores. "The last time I came here was about a month ago I saw them both."

Clarksville Chief Dwight Ingle also adds that both are mentally challenged. Police say the pair told them that they didn't know Dalton was pregnant.

"I honestly with all my heart believe they didn't know anything about this," said Flores.

Bruce Casey, the maintenance manager at America's Best Inn and Suites, was on the property on Friday. Casey describes the couple as "severely mentally challenged," and said Dalton was a heavy set woman who always wore big clothes. Casey said they had no indication at all she was pregnant.

"He (Conrad) was talking to one of my maintenance guys who was cleaning an air conditioner," said Casey. "He came out and told him he was going to be a daddy."

"He just kept saying, 'I hope my baby is gonna make it, I hope she's going to make it,' and kept saying, 'I can't believe the little boy didn't make it,'" said Flores, who saw Conrad on Monday. "He was just over and over again traumatized."

As of now neither Dalton nor Conrad are facing any charges in this incident. An autopsy on the little boy was inconclusive and further testing needs to be done.

Dalton was taken to the Floyd County Jail on an outstanding warrant for a probation violation for theft after she left the hospital.

Police expect the baby girl to be okay.

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