VCSO: Four suspects in neglect case facing additional charges after nine-year-old tested positive for meth during autopsy

Top Left: Hubert Kraemer / Top Right: Sarah Travioli / Bottom Left: Chad Kraemer / Bottom Right: Robin Kraemer (Provided Photos)

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – The Vigo County Sheriff’s Office reports the suspects arrested in connection to the death of a nine-year old face additional charges after the victim tested positive for methamphetamine.

Hubert Kraemer, Robin Kraemer, Chad Kraemer and Sarah Travioli have all been charged with additional charges of neglect of a dependent, maintaining a common nuisance and visiting a common nuisance.

All four suspects were arrested on Feb. 22 after Cameron Hoopingarner died the day before weighing less than 15 pounds. According to Chief Deputy John Moats, the additional charges stem from Cameron testing positive for methamphetamine during autopsy.

Forensic Pathologist Dr. Roland Kohr says he doesn’t believe Cameron was being given meth directly. “If you give so many milligrams to an adult versus to a 14 pound child it makes a major difference,” Kohr said. “But again, this was essentially trace levels but does tell us it was in proximity to someone using the drug.”

Vigo County Prosecutor Terry Modesitt says the fact he’s a minor and had it in his system was probable cause for the charges to be filed.

“I think it’s just, you know, a matter of us trying to bring justice in this case and making sure that, you know, if the case goes to trial that there will be, you know, 12 people that will have listened to all of the charges and will determine what if any criminal acts occurred in this case,” Modesitt said.

Dr. Kohr says 20 years ago it wasn’t common practice for them to test children for drugs. But says he wasn’t shocked when it came up in this case.

“It’s unfortunate but unfortunately it’s not surprising given the nature of the case and what we know so far.” Kohr said. “We have people we know that were not providing proper care and this just takes it one step further. Uh, the carelessness and the lack of attention to the responsibilities of being a childcare provider.”

This case continues to be an active investigation.