Final autopsies released in brothers' heat deaths

Final autopsies released in brothers' heat deaths


CLEVELAND (AP) - Final autopsy results for two young Bradley County brothers who died of hypothermia in June found 3-year-old River Bates had a core body temperature of at least 109 degrees.

Bradley County Medical Examiner Jeffrey Miller told the Chattanooga Times Free Press 5-year-old Leland Bates' core temperature could have been just as high, but he had been placed in ice by paramedics before his temperature was taken.

Miller said the boys were hydrated and otherwise in good health.

The boys' mother, Tasha Bates, has been charged with murder, child abuse and endangerment and methamphetamine-related offenses.

Tasha Bates has said she left the boys outside for 45 minutes on a Slip 'n Slide water toy, but investigators to believe they were trapped in a confined space on that 101-degree day.

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