According to court documents, the last person to see the two-year-old Emma Sweet said the toddler looked normal before riding his father’s pickup.
In less than an hour, the day went through a tragic change when a truck rolled down an embankment and flowed into a river in Bartholomew County.
The duck hunter later found her father, Jeremy Sweet, in a submerged truck. The doctor will find the syringe and record the condition.
There were no signs of Emma Sweet. A day later, an army of search teams from 14 law enforcement and state agencies found her body downstream.
Jeremy Sweet was formally charged with the negligence of his dependents, died, and illegally possessed a syringe. Both are felony.
What happened to Emma Sweet?
Sheriff Matt Myers said his father had two conflicting stories about what had happened. Court records show that he vaguely told police what led to her death and what Bartholomew County investigators had decided in this case.
Jeremy Sweet picked up her daughter from home on November 24th while her wife was out for work.
He put Emma in the car and dropped his friend at work around 3:30.
A friend of mine told investigators that “Emma was fine” when they left. This was the last time I saw Emma alive.
Jeremy Sweet told investigators that 45 minutes after dropping his friend, he turned in the wrong direction and drove to several fields. He said he drove over the embankment to see the river when the truck got stuck. He rocked the pickup back and forth, and when it flipped into the water, he said.
Jeremy Sweet sat on the roof of the truck with Emma as the water began to fill the truck. At one point he told police that they had fallen into the water. He took off her coat.
He told police that they stayed on the truck overnight on November 25th. He finally saw Emma on the truck and said, “I’m screaming at her mom.” He hugged her for a while, recorded the condition, and sat her on the roof again.
He woke up the next morning and Emma was gone.
Four duck hunters found Jeremy Sweet in a truck submerged on November 26 and called 911. When the agent arrived and asked Jeremy Sweet where her daughter was, he replied that she had dropped her off.
Rescuers in Bartholomew County found a syringe and an empty buggy with cut corners. Investigators said Jeremy Sweet later told them they had used methamphetamine and marijuana the night before the crash.
Healthcare workers took Jeremy Sweet to Columbus Regional Hospital for the treatment of hypothermia. Police detained him for 72 hours while they were investigating.
Preliminary findings from Emma Sweet’s autopsy were not definitive as to whether her cause of death was hypothermia or drowning, the record said. There was no blunt trauma to her body. The Bartholomew County Autopsy Department said the final result of the autopsy would be returned in 4-6 weeks.
Sweet is detained in Bartholomew County Jail with a $ 1.2 million deposit.
Please contact Sarah Nelson ([email protected] or 317-503-7514).
This article was originally published in The Indianapolis Star: Emma Sweet: What her father told police about his two-year-old death