A suspicious death investigation is underway after a child was found dead inside a car that was in the Sequatchie River. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the TBI and Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating.
Marion County detectives say the boy, who was nine years old, was found dead in a Jeep that was in the river in Whitwell Saturday night, but they say he didn’t drown and that circumstances are suspicious.
Marion County detectives say a passerby called authorities when they spotted a white Jeep in the water off Mt. Calvary Road around 8 p.m. Saturday.
When emergency responders got to the vehicle, the young boy was already dead.
Detectives say the boy’s mother, Lindsey Newsome, was alive in the passenger seat and her boyfriend, Nicholas Mosier, was also alive in the drivers seat.
Detectives, however, say there’s more to it than that. They say the boy didn’t drown. The State Medical Examiner is performing an autopsy to determine how he died.
Meanwhile, the Tennessee Highway Patrol arrested his mother and her boyfriend on Sunday. Mosier is charged with driving under the influence, possession of prescription drugs, driving without a license, two counts of felony reckless endangerment, and aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Newsome faces aggravated child abuse and neglect, felony reckless endangerment and also a prescription drug charge.
Detectives say there are a lot of unanswered questions at this time, and thats what warrants an autopsy on the child’s body.
Newsome and Mosier, both of Whitwell, are in the Marion County jail at this time.
Information from: WRCB-TV