MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WATE) — Police are looking for a suspect in the death of an 18-month-old toddler in South Morristown on Saturday.
Morristown Police Department says the boy died after a vehicle hit a home on Louise Street in South Morristown. The toddler was reported to be sleeping at the time.
The driver fled the scene, leaving the vehicle behind.
Morristown Police announced on Tuesday that investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Walter Noe Mendez in relation to the hit-and-run. Investigators reported that they believe Mendez accelerated his car backward into the home. The charges against Mendez include fleeing the scene of an accident involving a fatality.
After searching the vehicle, officers said they found alcohol inside. Officers said the alcohol is being investigated as a factor in the crash.
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“It is believed that Mr. Mendez knows he is being sought by police and is attempting to evade authorities. We urge him to turn himself into law enforcement,” Morristown Police said in a statement.
Mendez may have also used the names Luis Mendez, Louis Mendez and Luis Cardenas, according to Morristown Police.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts or who sees him is asked by police to not approach him, instead contact the dispatch center immediately at 423-585-2701. Anonymous tips will also be accepted at 423-585-1833.
EDITORS NOTE: This story has been updated.