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Mother charged with murder in deaths of Bradley Co. brothers

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5-year-old Leland and 3-year-old River Bates 5-year-old Leland and 3-year-old River Bates

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) – The mother of two Bradley County brothers, who died last month after over-heating, has been charged with murder.

Sheriff's Office Spokesman Bob Gault says 26-year-old Natasha Bates is charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated child abuse / endangerment, four counts of initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine, and one count of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

Gault says the investigation and statements revealed 3-year-old River and 5-year-old Leland Bates had been left in a car and died from hyperthermia.

Family members told Channel 3 the boys were playing on a slip and slide, when they were found.

Gault says the drug charges against Moses are the result of a search of her home on Keith Valley Road last week.

Natasha Moses is being held without bond. Arraignment is set for Aug. 13 in Bradley County Criminal Court.

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