New Charges Filed Against Couple Who Cops Say Left Baby in Car While Shopping

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

Knoxville (WVLT) - A Sevierville couple faces new charges Tuesday, just two days after police say they left their five month old in an unlocked car while going shopping.

Officials in Knox County Juvenile Court confirm that 24-year-old David McCroskey and 29-year-old Chrystal McCroskey now face charges of abuse and neglect of a child under 6.

Previous charges of reckless endangerment were dropped today when the new warrants were served.

Knoxville Police say the McCroskeys left their infant daughter alone in their car while they went shopping at a North Knoxville K-Mart.

But police say that's only one disturbing detail in this child neglect case.

The sun was beating down and temperatures were in the 80's late Sunday afternoon when an employee of K-Mart was leaving for the day and heard the cries of a baby coming from the backseat of the vehicle parked next to hers.

"That is about the hottest part of the day, around 5:00," says KPD Spokesman Darrell DeBusk.

Police aren't sure exactly how hot it was inside the car when they rescued 5-month-old Baby Katelyn, but say it was very warm.

To give you an idea of how hot the inside of a car can get, at 11am Monday, the outside temperature read 70 degrees. At the same time, a thermometer inside one car, sits at 93 degrees.

"It just takes a small amount of time for the temperature to read at dangerous levels inside a vehicle," DeBusk says.

The obvious dangers weren't the only potential problems.

Police say the doors to the vehicle were left unlocked.

"Someone could have easily kidnapped that child," DeBusk says. "They would have been in and out of that car in a matter of seconds."

Police estimate that the baby's parents were inside the store for about 30 minutes.

They told police they didn't know the baby was with them.

"The parents indicated when they got to the store they actually forgot they had the child in the vehicle with them. The child must have been sleeping they said," DeBusk explains.

Police say thankfully instances like this don't happen too often, but when they do, they urge the public to do exactly what this witness did and immediately call police.

We do not know Baby Katelyn's condition this evening, but police tell WVLT she was examined at Children's Hospital Sunday night and didn't seem to suffer from anything life threatening.

They say it appears the couple has another older child living in their home.

But the Department of Children's Services would only tell WVLT they are involved. They would not tell us where Baby Katelyn is.

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  • by Sandi Location: Sweetwater on May 2, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    How can someone forget they have their child with them? The parents & children will be in my Prayers.
  • by Barbara Location: 37921 on May 2, 2007 at 08:05 AM
    How dare the couple say that they didn't know that the baby was with them! Are they idiots? How can you forget that you have your baby with you? The authorities need to remove that precious little one from their home and give it a safe place to live....a place where a parent will not forget about their child.
  • by becca Location: seviercounty on May 1, 2007 at 03:02 PM
    These two people do not deserve to be parents. NO ONE forgets there is a child in the vehicle - what a lame excuse. This is just a couple of people who do not want the responsibility of taking care of the children God has blessed them with. Take both children from them and see that they get the safe and loving home they deserve!
  • by alexa Location: claiborne county on May 1, 2007 at 07:45 AM
    I think its people like that who make a bad name for young parents all over the country,and should never see the light of day again except from the window of their jail cell.
  • by Susan Location: West Knox on Apr 30, 2007 at 03:09 PM
    HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW A 5 MONTH OLD IS IN THE CAR WITH YOU? This excuse is as crazy this time as it was when a prominent restaurant owner said it a few years ago.
  • by mom of 3 girls Location: vonore, tn on Apr 30, 2007 at 02:05 PM
    how many children are going to have to die in a car before parents wake up!! how stupid can you be? I go into the store with all 3 of mine all the time. If you don't want the responsibility, then don't have the child!!!


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