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Thursday, July 20, 2017

2-year-old found dead in car outside home owned by Tenn. mayor

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — The home where police found a 2-year-old child dead after being left in a vehicle overnight Thursday belongs to Jerry Kirkman, mayor of Westmoreland, Tenn.

A neighbor who saw police at the scene on Friday evening identified the house as 416 Laurel Ave. According to the Sevier County Property Assessor's Office, that house is owned by Kirkman, who lists a Westmoreland mailing address.

Police found the child dead after responding 1:57 p.m. Friday to a report of a child left in a vehicle overnight on Laurel Avenue, according to a police news release.

The Gatlinburg Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation both declined on Tuesday to release the incident report to the USA TODAY Network, citing the ongoing investigation.



Anonymous said...

May the Good Lord be holding and loving this child in Heaven today.

Rebel Without a Clue said...

Drug test the Mayor and anyone else who may have been in contact with that poor child! No one "just" leaves a two-year-old in their car and forgets all about the kid, especially overnight. What happened at bedtime? Did no one think that the child was not in the house?