Clarksville police investigating death of 3-year-old

Published: Feb. 24, 2015 at 3:28 AM EST|Updated: Apr. 10, 2015 at 3:10 AM EDT
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CLARKSVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Police in southern Indiana are trying to figure what happened to a 3-year-old that caused her to stop breathing.

Neighbors who live in the Silver Lakes Mobile Home Park, located off of Highway 31, said they are used to quiet streets, but on Sunday that was not the case.

Joe Palczak said, "As I was coming in, I had to move over because there were three police cars that came in here real fast, I mean you know how icy it was, and they came in here really fast and I had to get out of there of their way,"

What Palczak didn't know was a 3-year-old child was about to be rushed to the hospital where she later died, according to police.

That child meant a lot to Bill and Carmen Fowler. The Fowlers are foster parents and say they cared for the 3-year-old and her older sister for about two years.

"Just to realize that one is gone, it's just really difficult, it really is," said Bill Fowler.

The Fowlers say the sisters will always hold a special place in their hearts.

"It was an amazing experience for me personally because it has helped me to be closer as a family and we did a lot of things together and we loved them as they were our own," said Bill Fowler.

Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said they are waiting for the medical examiner to determine the child's manner of death. Investigators say that report will determine whether anything criminal led to the child's death.

The name of the child has not been released as the coroner is making sure to notify all family.

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