Family Seeks Answers In Toddler’s Suspicious Death Case

Family Seeks Answers In Toddler's Suspicious Death Case (Image 1)

It’s been more than a month since 2-year-old Aiden Adkins was laid to rest in New Lexington Cemetery, yet his family says they don’t feel like they are anywhere closer to figuring out why he died.

“He didn’t deserve this,” Aiden’s mother Katie Talbot said Wednesday morning. “He was one of the best babies that anyone could ever have.”

No one has been arrested in the case of Aiden’s death in March. According to the autopsy report released by the Licking County Coroner’s Office, he suffered blunt force trauma to his head, hemorrhages to his cheekbones and skin injuries on all his arms, legs and torso.

The report also said Aiden had suffered bite marks that may have happened over a period of time.

Viola Bell, Aiden’s grandmother, says child protective services placed Aiden in her care after he broke his arm allegedly falling from a bed.

That was 10 days before a similar call for help came too late to save the toddler’s life.

“I went from being devastated to being as mad and as furious as I have ever been in my life,” Bell said

“It’s been 6 weeks or so,” Talbot added.

Six weeks–and the pain from losing Aiden is still fresh with an investigation that is still open with no arrests.

Talbot says her boyfriend was caring for Aiden the day he was hurt, but police are not calling him a suspect.

New Lexington’s police chief told NBC4 his investigators are looking at 3 possible scenarios and are being cautious as not to give false hope to Aiden’s family.

“I definitely think that New Lexington needs to step up,” said Talbot after she pointed out that investigators just recently came to her home to remove evidence.

“That’s pretty much what we’re trying to get is answers,” Talbot said.

In March, Aiden was laid to rest with some of his favorite toys.

A peaceful sandbox memorial filled with cars and trucks serves as a tribute to the young boy.

In stark contrast, horns blared at another tribute for the toddler.

“I just can’t sit here and wait,” Talbot said as she joined her friends and family standing on Main Street in New Lexington with signs in hand.

“We want justice for Aiden,” Bell explained.

“I want them to find out what really happened to my baby and give me justice,” Talbot said.

As cars passed their peaceful protest, drivers honked horns in support.

“It gives me hope… I feel like maybe something will be done,” Talbot said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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