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Gallatin police looking for leads in gruesome cold case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A single mother was found stabbed and suffocated to death inside her Gallatin home on August 12, 2010.  Investigators said she was murdered in front of her two young children but they were too young to identify the killer.

Lydia Gutierrez, 27, was found inside her living room on Lincoln Drive. She had been stabbed twice and found with a plastic Walmart bag over her head.

"The children still to this day are suffering from what they observed, what they heard, what they saw," Sgt. Chris Shockley with the Gallatin Police Department told News 2.

Gutierrez's boys were one-and-a-half and two-and-a-half years old at the time.

For hours, they were left alone with her body and left to fend for themselves.  They even got into the freezer to get some popsicles.  Police weren't called until Gutierrez's eight-year-old son came home from school and found her body.

"[He] came in and actually made the statement that, 'Mommy, I had a good day at school today,' and dropped his backpack right there on the front porch and goes in and actually finds his mom," Sgt. Shockley said.

Gutierrez's ex-boyfriend, Josh Singletary, was arrested for the crime that same day.  Sgt. Shockley said Singletary was found at the hospital getting stitches for a cut on his leg and hand and had given a fake name at the hospital.

Sgt. Shockley said he also first denied even knowing Gutierrez but later admitted they had dated.

It seemed like a shut and close case but after two months and no DNA evidence of Singletary found at the scene, he was released from jail.

"Here's the thing, I haven't been able to prove it wasn't him. Technically we can't prove that it is," Sgt. Shockley said.

He said they're still resubmitting evidence, looking at other theories and hoping to get a break in the case.

In the meantime, Lydia's mother in Ohio now has custody of the three boys. Singletary is not the father.

"She definitely wants to see whoever is responsible for this, taken to court, and prosecuted for it," Sgt. Shockley said.

Singletary maintains his innocence. At the time of her murder, he said he hadn't even spoken to Gutierrez in some time.

Sgt. Shockley said Singletary claims his cuts were from glass that shattered at his home.

Gallatin police just finished working with the TV show, Cold Justice, which features a former prosecutor and crime scene investigator who look at cold cases across the country to help solve them.

Sgt. Shockley said they were able to dig up some new evidence but not enough to make an arrest.

The case will air on TNT in late February or early March.

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