Child dies while en route to Topeka hospital

Infant reported as not breathing at day care facility

A funeral will be held Friday for a child who died during an emergency transport from a day care facility in Lyndon on Monday.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported that at 12:08 p.m. Aug. 25, Osage County EMS responded to a call of a child not breathing at a day care facility at 1020 Monroe St., Lyndon. The child, Brody Johnston, 4 months old, of Scranton, died while en route to a Topeka hospital.

In a press release today, the sheriff’s office reported the coroner’s office has yet to determine the cause of Brody’s death.

State child care facility records show the Lyndon address is the location of Thill Express Child Day Care Home, owned by Rebecca Thill.

Following the incident, the day care facility was temporarily closed by the operator, according to Osage County Health Department director Anne Gray. She said the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, which licenses child care facilities in the state, has not yet investigated the incident.

Brody is the son of Brad and Raychel Johnston, of Scranton.

Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn said in the press release the family wanted the public to know that Brody was an organ donor.

“The Johnston family has requested that we notify the media … that Brody’s organs were donated and at this time has saved two infants’ lives,” Dunn said.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at Penwell-Gabel Southwest Chapel, 3700 SW Wanamaker Rd., Topeka. Burial will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. The family will receive friends at the funeral home at 6-8 p.m. tonight.

Osage County Fire District No. 5, Lyndon Police Department and the Osage County Sheriff’s Office also responded to the emergency call.

Edited 6:44 p.m. Aug. 28, 2014, to correct information about the temporary closure of the day care facility.

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