This is the official press release from the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hartbecke family.




On Monday, September 5th of 2016 at approximately 4:00pm the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office and the Cascade EMS responded to 1211 6th Ave SE in Cascade, IA  for a 13 month old child who was unresponsive.  CPR was initiated and the child was transported to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque and then flown to the UIHC in Iowa City.

Investigators learned that the child, identified as Torin Hartbecke had been left unattended in the bathtub by a parent, who returned to find the child unconscious in the water.

On Friday morning, September 09, 2016 the Johnson County Medical Examiner’s Office announced that Torin Hartbecke had passed away at the Iowa City Hospital.

An autopsy is pending.