GALLATIN, Tenn. (WKRN) – A mother and her boyfriend face charges after her two toddlers went missing for two hours Wednesday and were found barely responsive in a neighbor’s car.
Authorities said Jacob Lormand put the two boys, ages 2 and 3, down for a nap at the LBJ Court home around 10 a.m. before going back to bed.
Arrest documents state he and the boys’ mother, Marisa Burns, were woken up by a 4-year-old girl at the home around noon who said she did not know where her brothers were.
Responding deputies reportedly found the toddlers across the street in an unlocked car around 12:30 p.m.
According to an affidavit, the boys appeared to have let themselves in the car but once the door closed they weren’t able to let themselves out.
At the time the toddlers were found, it was 76 degrees outside and considerably hotter inside the car.
The two, who were just wearing diapers and were covered in dried feces, were taken to Sumner Regional Medical Center where they were treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration.
During the investigation, a responding deputy noted the boys’ mother “showed no visible concern about the safety or whereabouts of the children.”
After questioning, both Burns and Lormand reportedly admitted they had smoked crack cocaine around 11 p.m. Tuesday before smoking marijuana around 1 a.m. Wednesday so they could go to sleep.
According to the affidavit, the pair said they use drugs on “a daily basis inside the home,” which deputies described as “filthy.”
After receiving consent to search the LBJ Court home, deputies found a small amount of marijuana and multiple pipes.
Burns and Lormand are both charged with two counts of child neglect.