I wish that people would
take things seriously when the weather starts to change and it gets hot
and there are HUNDREDS
warnings out there to NOT
children or pets in the car and not leave children unattended who has
access to a car. With all of
the warnings, we still get people who believe it will "never happen to
them". Children and pets die EVERY
due to being left in cars that are not hot at first, but heat up after
being closed up in in the heat.
After leaving two little Angels in the car, Natasha Moses lied and told
Police that she had left her children outside, unattended, playing on a
Slip N Slide, she said it was 101 degrees outside and when she went
back after 45 minutes, they were both unconscious and had drowned.
Without a phone in the house, she drove to her father's house and
called from there.
At the hospital, attempts were made to lower the body temperatures of
the two brothers who had temperatures of over 103. CPR was done and
they were given organ stabilizing medications as well as what was
reported to be gallons of cool fluid. River died within 45 minutes of
the time Natasha called Paramedics at 2:44 p.m. and Leland was declared
brain dead later that evening. Eric Blach, the lead investigator with
the Medical Examiner's Office said that River's condition had just been
too delicate and though more than 12 people had been in the room trying
to help him, he didn't make it:
"They were doing
absolutely everything they could to keep the body cool"
Eric Blach said that deaths related to hyperthermia were very rare in
Bradley County. Linda Bates went to the hospital and to be with River:
"He was basically gone
by the time he there"
After River died, Linda went to be with Leland. At the hospital,
Leland's mother and father, who are divorced, gathered with other
family members to stand by Leland, who was in a coma, they were all
there as he died. The families from both sides used to be close and
would get together to make sure someone was always available to take
care of these two little boys, it was reported that after they died,
the families were no longer close:
"There's a lot hearsay
going around and it's hard to know exactly what happened and everyone
just so sad. Both just gone so quick, at the same time"
great grandmother - Debbie Burgess
Natasha Bates was charged with first degree murder in the deaths of
year old Leland and three year old River. A jury trial took place in
which the Prosecution planned to prove that Natasha had left her
children in a hot car and not on a Slip N Slide as she had said. It was
said that Natasha was cooking as well as using Meth Amphetamine.
Assistant District Attorney General Stephen Hatchett would be
prosecuting the case and would introduce evidence that when testing was
done, Natasha's car reached 129 degrees inside. Stephen Hatchett said
that a key to this prosecution was going to be the different accounts
of what happened that had been told to them by Natasha:
"She changed her story
several times, finally admitting that they were in the car when she
also said she fed them, but the autopsy revealed no food in their
Public Defender, Richard Hughes, said that there was a lot of confusion
surrounding the call to 911 that day and he talked about how the
children were always outside and on that day they had been playing on a
Slip N Slide and at some point they had gone to the car and that's
where Natasha found them. Mike said that he felt the children had
drowned and that they were red and were now turning purple
In court it was said that when Paramedics got to his home, Natasha's
father, Mike Kile, was giving CPR to the children. River's body
temperature was said to be 109 and an autopsy had revealed that he had
no food at all in his stomach. Leland's body temperature had been 103
degrees when he got to the hospital.
Richard Hughes said that Natasha was a single parent doing the best she
could considering she had no job and was going through some hard times:
"Her mother allowed her
to live at the trailer and she had occupied it for about a month.
proof will show that neighbors were the ones who produced meth. Other
people had access to
property. She couldn't dial 911. Her cell phone is text only. She went
to her car and opened the
She heard a noise, dropped her phone inside her trunk"
Richard Hughes added that her phone had been located in the trunk and
was opened as if she had been using it. On the cell phone was a partial
text which had something to with drugs. When the children were found,
River was in the front seat and Leland was only partially inside the
car and they were both on the passenger side.
Natasha was facing life in prison for the felony murder charge and 15
to 25 years for the child neglect and eight to 12 years for the Meth
charges. The Judge made a decision not to allow Prosecutors to show
pictures to the jury of Leland and River's bodies, saying they were too
devastating. I agree with him, those pictures would have been with the
jury members for the rest of their of their lives. The jury had already
heard all of the details of the suffering they had gone through, that
was enough. Natasha had been in therapy to help her deal with the
deaths of her children and she was considered suicidal, she also had to
sit and listen to how her actions on that day, caused the deaths of
these two Angels. In his closing arguments Richard Hughes said:
"Is that lady a
criminal or she a tragic figure who made a horrible mistake"
She's a criminal, Richard, she caused the death of her children, she
did drugs, she's a criminal! Two Angels are dead because of her
actions, that's not just a "mistake", that's murder!
In August of 2013, the jury took a few hours to deliberate before
finding Natasha Bates, who was 27 years old at the time, guilty of two
counts of felony first degree murder and two counts of aggravated child
neglect. Natasha was also found guilty of facilitation of Meth. Natasha
was given $56,000. in fines. Natasha's Aunt requested of the Judge to
allow her to hug her niece as she was being lead away, the Judge said
not, I don't see what harm it could have done.
Richard Hughes said:
"I knew this was going
to be a hard case, based on the fact that the state was going to
Stephen Hatchett said:
"I think they rendered
the correct verdict, the evidence was there. These boys died because
Meth. It you take Meth out of the equation, I don't think we'd have
this situation. There's no
in these cases. You've got a family that's heartbroken because their
to prison. Two little boys are dead"
Linda Bates said she would now have explain the absence of another
"It was the worst
possible. The worst possible. It's painful, I have to go home and tell
her son that
momma has life in prison now"
Richard Hughes said that they would appeal the all of the convictions
which carried an automatic life sentence. In November of 2013, Natasha
was in court for sentencing and Judge Amy Reedy sentenced her to two
life sentences. Richard Hughes asked that the sentences be allowed to
be served concurrently, Stephen Hatchett had no object to that:
"Justice can be
accomplished with one life sentence. That in no way diminishes the life
The Judge, who disagreed with him, said:
"These are two people
that were murdered. Two people. Two murders. These children
introduced into a horrible place and around horrible goings on and
A life sentence in the state of Tennessee says that a person will be
held in prison for at least 51 years. Natasha could still be eligible
for parole and in life sentence cases, an appeal is automatic. Richard
"She is effectively
facing life without parole"
In June of 2014, Linda Bates was interviewed and she said she had made
peace with the situation:
"Because of the Lord.
You know, the peace that passes and the understanding
that He's given to us. I just, I thank Him for that"
Leland and River have and
older brother, Skyler. Since their deaths, Skyler has been part of a
campaign to fight drug abuse. Linda said:
"We've seen where lives
have been changed because of our story and that's why we want
the story out. We want to see that other people don't go through the
same tragedy we did"
Linda says that her faith, family and friends have helped to get
through the last two years and that now, when she thinks of her
grandchildren, it causes her to smile:
"They were brothers,
they loved each other dearly. Where one was, you know the other was so
now one is in Heaven and the other is
Even with windows cracked open, temperatures inside a vehicle can spike
20 degrees within 10 minutes. Never risk leaving a child or a pet in a
closed car even for a brief time.
If you see a child unattended in a hot vehicle, call 911.
When a child is in the back seat, put your cell phone, purse or
briefcase back there, too. Or keep a stuffed animal in the car seat and
place it next to you on the passenger seat as a reminder.
More than 1 in 5 children who die of heatstroke were supposed to be
dropped off at daycare that morning. To prevent this, participate in
Ray Ray's Pledge: Make a pact with your child's teacher that you will
call them if the child will be late or absent, and they will call you
if your child does not arrive at the usual time.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ray Ray's Pledge, Jan Null,
San Francisco State University Department of Geoscien
|Bates, Leland Cole (Cleveland)
Sunday, July 01, 2012
Leland Cole Bates, 5, died Friday, June 29, 2012 in a local
Leland was preceded in death by his brother Travis Lee Hyatt
brothers River Wade Bates and his grandparents George and Marie
and Johnny and Ruth Bates.
Survivors include his mother Tasha Moses of Cleveland, his father
Jonathan Bates of Cleveland, one brother Skler Bates of Cleveland,
grandparents Sandra “Sandy” Keith Smith of Cleveland, Bobby Joe Moses
of Cave Springs, Ark., Mike Kile of Cleveland, Linda and Ted Bates of
Cleveland, great-grandparents Faye and Ted Ghorley of Cleveland, James
and Viola Keith of Harrison, great-great-grandmother Debbie Burgess of
Cleveland, aunts Cassie Moses of Cave Springs, Ark., and, Kristie
and her husband Dwight of Benton, uncles James Moses of Cave Springs,
Ark., Travis Bates and his wife Lydia of Delano, Eric Bates and his
wife Lisa of Cleveland, great aunts and uncles Bryan and Sherry Keith,
Tracy and David Honey, all of Cleveland, Diane
and Bruce Congioloso of
Dayton, Tn., Janice Clark of Cleveland, Tn., Kathy Kile of Chattanooga,
special cousins Blake Honey, Devin and Hunter Farmer, all of Cleveland
Rylee Elane Rogers of Cave Springs, Ark.,
and several other cousins.
A Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday,
2, 2012 at the North Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with Rev.
Mike Ferree and Rev. Travis Bates officiating. Interment will follow in
the Moore’s Chapel Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Monday from 4 until 8 at the funeral
|Bates, River Cole (Cleveland)
Sunday, July 01, 2012
River Wade Bates, 3, died Thursday June 28 2012 in a local hospital.
was preceded in death by his brother Travis Lee Hyatt Bates and his
grandparents George and Marie Lipps and Johnny and Ruth Bates.
include his mother Tasha Moses of Cleveland, his father Jonathan Bates
of Cleveland, one brother Skler Bates of Cleveland, grandparents Sandra
"Sandy" Keith Smith of Cleveland, Bobby Joe Moses of Cave Springs,
Ark., Mike Kile of Cleveland, Linda and Ted Bates of Cleveland,
great-grandparents Faye and Ted Ghorley of Cleveland, James and Viola
Keith of Harrison, great-great-grandmother Debbie Burgess of Cleveland,
aunts Cassie Moses of Cave Springs, Ark., and, Kristie Moore and her
husband Dwight of Benton, uncles James Moses of Cave Springs, Ark.,
Travis Bates and his wife Lydia of Delano, Eric Bates and his wife Lisa
of Cleveland, great aunts and uncles Bryan and Sherry Keith, Tracy and
David Honey, all of Cleveland, Diane and Bruce Congioloso of Dayton,
Tn., Janice Clark of Cleveland, Tn., Kathy Kile of Chattanooga, special
cousins Blake Honey, Devin and Hunter Farmer, all of Cleveland Rylee
Elane Rogers of Cave Springs, Ark., and several other cousins.
Remembrance of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 2,
2012 at the North Chapel of the Jim Rush Funeral Homes with Rev. Mike
Ferree and Rev. Travis Bates officiating. Interment will follow in the
Moore's Chapel Cemetery.
family will receive friends Monday from 4 until 8 at the funeral home.
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