On June 28, 2014, a young boy was tragically found dead inside a residence at 202 W. Washington St. in Syracuse. Turkey Creek Fire Territory EMS were called to the home on reports that the boy had stopped breathing. At approximately 3:47 p.m., emergency responders discovered Skyler Spore, 12, deceased inside the residence.
The home was occupied by the deceased, his parents, Darrick Spore and Candy Chamness, along with another child. All were present in the home at the time of the Skyler’s death.
After an investigation into the death by Syracuse Police Department, Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office, Department of Child Services and the Kosciusko Major Crimes Task Force, Darrick Spore, 34, and Candy Chamness, 33, were arrested for the neglect of a dependent resulting in death. Darrick Spore has additionally been charged with reckless homicide.
According to officials, there were two gas powered generators running inside the residence at the time of Skyler’s death.
An autopsy conducted by the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office through the Northeast Forensic Center in Fort Wayne revealed that, though the cause of death for Skyler was pending toxicology tests as of July 1, (see related) the tests did appear to be consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning. It was also noted that the use of gas powered generators in the home appeared to be the primary source of the poisoning.
Both Darrick Spore and Candy Chamness were booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on Friday, Aug. 22, with $150,000 surety bonds.