JEWELL, Iowa -- The death of a central Iowa toddler in December is now being classified as a homicide, Jewell police said.
The Iowa Medical Examiner's Office determined that 15-month-old Tanner Doran died of blunt force trauma. Those who knew the boy said they're having a hard time coming to terms with it.
"He was always smiling and happy," said neighbor Michelle Dickerson.
We are interviewing suspects, witnesses and continuing our investigation," he said.
Butler said Tanner lived with his mother and her boyfriend at a house in Jewell. He said no one had been ruled out as suspects in the case.
Dickerson, a frequent baby sitter for the boy, said Tanner's mom told her that she found him in his bed, not breathing.
"She just said something came out of his mouth and it was brown," Dickerson said.
She said that no one claimed to know what happened.
"I can't believe either one of them hurt Tanner because they both really seemed to love him," she said.