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.