The Tennessee parents of a 2-year-old boy who was killed while left overnight in the backseat of a car were arraigned on first-degree murder charges, indicating that the death was not an accident, WBIR reports.
Anthony Dyllan Phillips, 26, and Jade Elizabeth Phillips, 24, were arraigned on Monday morning after being indicted last week on murder, aggravated child abuse, and child neglect charges for the July 14 death of their son, Kipp Phillips.
Kipp’s body was found at 2 pm that day, but investigators said he had been there since the night before.
The car was parked outside the home of Jerry Kirkman, the mayor of Westmoreland and father of Jade Phillips. Kirkman has not been charged with any crime.
Jade Phillips was released from jail on a $250,000 bond. Anthony Phillips is still being held. Neither has reportedly entered a plea.
Their next hearing is set for November 1. If convicted, the couple could face life in prison.