Justice for Taylor: investigation into toddler's death hits roadblock

An Elkhart family’s fight for justice for their 15-month-old daughter hit a road block this Thursday.

Taylor Leah Hartung-Mann died on New Year’s Even 2011 while under the watch of her mother’s friends. The family suspected foul play after learning Taylor suffered bruises and broken ribs. Those injuries prompted police to launch an investigation.

However, on Thursday Taylor’s family learned that the Elkhart County Prosecutor’s Office is closing the case. They prosecutor’s office says they simply do not have enough evidence to file charges against any of the adults who were in the home the night Taylor was found dead.

The Hartung-Mann family is understandably frustrated but says it not going to stop searching for answers.

“I feel like they sat on the case. I don't think they worked fast enough. And now they just want to end it because they don't want to deal with it anymore,” says Taylor’s paternal grandmother, Rachel Mann.

Her aunt, Frances Carpenter expresses the concern and confusion the family has experienced since Taylor’s death, “I feel like somebody took her from us because they weren't happy with her situation or they were jealous. I’m sorry but what did a 15 month old do to somebody?”

Rachel added that her granddaughter was full of life and spirit, and “the sweetest little girl you ever saw.”

Taylor’s family is planning a rally in front of the prosecutor’s office on Thursday, Mar. 28 at 11:00 a.m. Friends and family members set up a Facebook memorial page to rally support in their fight for justice. So far the page has reached more than 460 “likes.”

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