WHITWELL, TN (WRCB) -- A suspicious death investigation is underway in Marion County after a child was found dead inside a car that was in a river.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office, the TBI and Tennessee Highway Patrol are investigating.
Marion County detectives say the boy, who's around eight or nine years old, was found dead in a jeep that was in the Sequatchie River in Whitwell Saturday night, but they say he didn't drown and that circumstances are suspicious.
Marion County detectives say a passerby called 9-1-1 when they spotted a white jeep down in the Sequatchie River off Mt. Calvary Road in Whitwell around 8:00 p.m. Saturday.
At the scene, you could see the tire tracks, markers where it entered, and the higher than normal water detectives say it stalled in. "We're 150 yards from where this happened, so obviously we heard what was going on," neighbor Mike Kelley said.
When emergency responders got down to the jeep, the young boy was dead. "Many police cars, ambulances, concerned citizens. Just when a child is involved, it's just very tragic," Kelley said.
Word quickly spread in the surrounding, kid-friendly neighborhood. Residents were shocked. Many say it's a popular spot for off-roading. "You got to be very careful. People like to cross it and challenge their vehicles," Kelley said.
Detectives say the boy's mom, Lindsey Newsome, was alive in the passenger seat. Her boyfriend, Nicholas Mosier, was alive in the drivers seat.
"It's a bad judgement on some parents part, I guess. That's all I've heard," Kelley said.
But detectives 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 mom and her boyfriend 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.
"It's just very sad when a child loses his life. It's just very sad because I'm a father of three and it's terrible," Kelley said.
Again, the State Medical Examiner's office is performing an autopsy on the child's body. Detectives say there are a lot of unanswered questions right now.
Both Lindsey Newsome and Nicholas Mosier are in the Marion County jail. Both live in Whitwell, but neither live in the neighborhoods surrounding the Sequatchie River.
Sunday, May 19 2013 8:47 PM EDT2013-05-20 00:47:12 GMT
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