Investigation underway after baby dies in hot car

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — A baby is dead and two other children were hospitalized after Chattanooga Police say they were left in a hot car for several hours.

Along Tunnel Boulevard a makeshift memorial stands out. It is for baby Kiara. Police say the 11-month -old died on Saturday after being left in a hot car for several hours in the Buffalo Shack parking lot.

Investigators have charged 30-year-old Travis McCullough, with Criminal Homicide and three counts of Aggravated Child Neglect. Jessica Tollett, 24, faces three Aggravated Child Neglect charges.

According to police, the couple’s two other children appeared malnourished at the scene. They were taken to the hospital for evaluation. When detectives went to their house, they say the conditions inside were atrocious. An affidavit states one of the rooms was covered in feces and urine.

Kiara’s memorial at the Buffalo Shack grew on Monday. Family and friends added flowers and balloons. They were also standing by the road, asking drivers to donate for funeral costs. Family members say they need support during this difficult time.

According to court documents, McCullough and Tollett were investigated for child abuse back in 2012, but charges against them for that were dropped.

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