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Coroner: 2 year old Columbus girl had drowned

Columbus Riverfront

(Joe Hren, WFIU/WTIU News)

A 2-year-old girl found dead in November in a southern Indiana river days after duck hunters rescued her father from his partially submerged pickup truck had drowned, autopsy results show.

The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office said Emma Sweet died from “complications of hypothermia and asphyxia due to drowning,” and her death was ruled a homicide.

She was found dead Nov. 28 in a debris field along the White River’s east fork in Bartholomew County following a search. Her body was recovered more than 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) from where her 39-year-old father, Jeremy Sweet, was found alive by duck hunters days before in his submerged pickup.

The father and daughter were last seen together in the vehicle Nov. 24 and they were reported missing by relatives the following day.

Jeremy Sweet was later charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death and unlawful possession of a syringe, both felonies.

Read more: Columbus dad facing charges after daughter's body found in river

Investigators have said Jeremy Sweet has given police multiple accounts of how his truck got into the river and what happened to his daughter. The Bartholomew County man is believed to have driven his truck off a 15- to 20-foot embankment into the river, police said.

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