Tennessee toddler left in car seat dies from starvation, dehydration


PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office said a 15-month-old found inside a Portland home earlier this year died from starvation and hypertonic dehydration.

It happened in February at a residence on Butler Road. According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the scene after a probation officer who was making a home visit observed an obvious medical emergency.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered 15-month-old, Nicholas Crowder, a 3-year-old and 32-year-old, Tiffany Spears inside the home. Crowder and Spears were found deceased.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the 3-year-old was taken to the hospital for treatment. In an update provided to News 2 on Monday, investigators said 15-month-old Nicholas Crowder died from starvation and hypertonic dehydration.

Authorities said Crowder was secured in a car seat without access to food, water or care.

Spears died of a drug overdose from fentanyl and methamphetamine, according to the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

Both deaths were ruled as accidental.

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