2-year-old boy dies after being left in car in Lyndon

A 2-year-old boy died at a Lyndon apartment complex Saturday afternoon after being left in a car, police said.

Louisville Metro Police received a call shortly after 3 p.m. that a boy had been left in a Toyota Corolla parked at the Devonshire Apartments in the 8300 block of Winterbourne Place, said Alicia Smiley, a police spokeswoman.

When police arrived, they were told that the boy had been removed from the car and a witness had tried unsuccessfully to revive him, Smiley said.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, but police do not yet know the cause of death, Smiley said. She said police expect an autopsy to be performed.

Police are treating the case as a death investigation and not a homicide, she said. The incident is considered a death investigation and no suspects have been identified.
The boy lived in the apartments with relatives, but Smiley would not say who they were or describe how they were related. His name was not released.


 

Lyndon mother charged with murder after 2-year-old boy dies in car

A mother was charged with murder after her 2-year-old boy died Saturday afternoon at a Lyndon apartment complex after being left in a car, police said.

Louisville Metro Police received a call shortly after 3 p.m. that a boy had been left in a Toyota Corolla parked at the Devonshire Apartments in the 8300 block of Winterbourne Place, said Alicia Smiley, a police spokeswoman.

When police arrived, they were told that the boy had been removed from the car and a witness had tried unsuccessfully to revive him, Smiley said.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, but police do not yet know the cause of death, Smiley said.

The boy’s name was Kenton Brown, and an autopsy will be performed Sunday morning, said R.D. Jones, a Jefferson County deputy coroner.
His mother, Molly Shouse, 28, was charged with murder for leaving the boy unattended in the car for several hours, Smiley said.

The boy lived in the apartments with his mother, Smiley said.
The temperature reached 85 degrees in the Louisville area Saturday afternoon, but Smiley said police did not know yet if heat contributed to the boy's death.

As police investigated, shocked and saddened friends and neighbors looked on from behind yellow police tape.

“He was such a sweet boy, so cute and very outgoing,” said Tara U'Sellis, who became acquainted with the boy and his mother while living at the apartments. “I just can't believe it.”

Another neighbor, Rayna Stiles, said she was in her bedroom when she heard screaming outside just before 3 p.m.

Stiles said she looked to see what was happening and saw an older woman on the ground screaming profanities and crying. She said a younger woman ran outside from an apartment building, grabbed a boy from a car in the parking lot and then ran back into the building with the boy.

Moments later, Stiles said the younger woman came out onto a second-floor balcony with the boy, then re-entered the apartment.

Paramedics and police arrived soon after.

“Someone lost their life today, and unfortunately, it was a child,” Stiles said. “It's sad to know that it can happen right here in your own neighborhood.”


Mother whose son died after being left in car is arraigned

As she waited for her arraignment, 28-year-old Mollie Shouse held her head in her hands, crying briefly as she was comforted by fellow inmates awaiting their hearings at Metro Corrections.

Shouse said little as she stood before Jefferson District Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig on charges of murder, possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

Shouse is accused of leaving her 2-year-old son, Kenton Brown, in her car unattended for several hours, leading to his death on Saturday.

Jefferson County Deputy Coroner R.D. Jones said Monday that the preliminary cause of Kenton's death is consistent with environmental hyperthermia. The temperature reached 85 degrees by mid-afternoon Saturday in the Louisville area.

Bisig set a bond of $250,000 for Shouse, who told the judge she plans to hire a private attorney to handle her case. She is scheduled for another hearing on June 2 at 9 a.m.

Shouse was arrested Saturday after Kenton was found dead inside a Toyota Corolla parked outside the Devonshire Apartments in the 8300 block of Winterbourne Place in Lyndon.

Police were called to the apartment complex about 3 p.m. When they arrived, they were told the boy had been removed from the car and a witness had tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

Law enforcement and safety experts were gathering in Frankfort Monday afternoon for the previously scheduled launch of the “Never Leave Your Child Alone in a Car” campaign, aimed at educating the public about the dangers of leaving children in hot vehicles.

The event will be at 1 p.m. on the grounds of the state Capitol in Frankfort.

Reporter Jessie Halladay can be reached at (502) 582-4081