Police: Baby Dies In Hot Car, Dad Throws Body To Bystander, Flees

Two other children were discovered to be dirty, malnourished, and with signs of abuse. Their mother was charged with child abuse.

By Jaime Lutz

A Tennessee father of three was arrested after his infant daughter died in a hot car on Saturday, People magazine reported.

Travis McCullough, 30, allegedly left the baby in the car for several hours with his other two children as he worked nearby in a food truck. 

When he found the baby lifeless in the car, McCullough began yelling for help. As a woman approached, he allegedly tossed the baby’s body into her arms and fled the area in his car, People reported based on court affidavits they obtained.e

The woman stayed with the body until police arrived. Police found the temperature of the corpse was 106 degrees, the affidavits said.

The other two children were discovered to be dirty, malnourished, and with signs of abuse, including bruises and abrasions on one of their faces, police said. Their mother, Jessica Tollett, 24, was charged with three counts of child abuse.

A search of their home uncovered a room covered in feces and urine, with only one bed and one crib for the family of five.

Both had previously been arrested on child abuse charges in 2012; it’s unclear why they still retained custody of their children.

McCullough faces a charge of homicide and three counts of aggravated assault. He is being held on a $1 million bond and has not yet entered a plea.

[Image: Hamilton County Sheriff]

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