Young child found dead in car at North Knoxville grocery store


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is investigating the death of a young child left in a car at a North Knoxville grocery store parking lot Friday.

The circumstances surrounding the child’s death, apart from reports of the child being found deceased in the car – are in the preliminary investigation stages, according to the police department.

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KPD did confirm the child to be “young.”

First responders were at the scene at a grocery store on a report of a “possibly deceased” child left in a car in the 5000 block of Clinton Highway Friday at 3:15 p.m.

The child had been in the vehicle for an unknown amount of time, and resuscitation efforts were made.

“Upon arrival, emergency responders attempted unsuccessfully to revive the child, who was pronounced dead on the scene,” KPD said in a release emailed Friday evening.

WATE 6 On Your Side observed the medical examiner arriving before 4 p.m. and a tarp being put over the vehicle in question. The majority of the parking lot was blocked off by authorities until around the 5 o’clock hour.

The child’s age, or the whereabouts of the child’s parents/guardians, have not been released and Knoxville Police said no further details are being released because the investigation is ongoing.

WATE 6 On Your Side is working to learn more and will update with additional details as they’re made available.

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