A two-year-old boy has died after being left in a car outside the home of a Tennessee mayor. According to The Sentinel, the child was left overnight in a car near the home of Jerry Kirkman, mayor of Westmoreland.
Police found the child on Friday afternoon after responding to a call from the mother that the child was left in a car. "We believe [the person who called police] made the call when they got up. Their work schedule, they work late at night from the previous night and what we understand, the child was left in the car from the night before,” Gatlinburg Police Chief Randall Brackins told WATE.
As Fox News shares, temperatures in the area on that Thursday and Friday reached close to 90 degrees. However, authorities are waiting for official autopsy results before determining that it was heat that caused the death.
Randall shared that it appears the parents accidentally left the child in the car. The parents were at the scene when authorities found the child. "[The parents] were very upset and very anxious," shared Randall. The child's mother and paramedics tried to give CPR but couldn't revive the child.
Tennesee Bureau of Investigation and local authorities are investigating the incident and will determine if charges are to be made.
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