Father charged in early morning Bell Road crash that killed 4-month-old son

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A four-month-old boy was killed and his father is now facing charges regarding a crash on Bell Road near Couchville Pike Friday morning.

Metro police responded just before 2 a.m. to a single-vehicle collision on Bell Road at Couchville Pike. They found a 2008 Ford Focus overturned on its left side after hitting a rock wall.

According to police, 21-year-old Malcolm Hensley failed to negotiate a curve and traveled off the right side of the road, crashing into the rock wall. Hensley claimed he swerved to avoid a deer in his path. However, no evidence in the roadway indicated there was a swerve.

The Nashville Fire Department arrived on scene to get Hensley out of his car and found him in the driver’s seat with his 4-month-old son Messiah in his lap. Hensley initially told police Messiah was in a child safety seat at the time of the crash, although the safety carrier was found face down against the rear driver’s side door and not secured to the back seat.

An baby bottle was also found on the driver’s floorboard.

Hensley was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was then arrested upon his release and charged with vehicular homicide and felony aggravated child abuse.

Police say there was no indication of drug or alcohol involvement on the scene.

This crash remains an ongoing investigation.

Couchville Pike fatal crash
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