Police: 2-year-old dies in Gatlinburg after being left in car overnight

A 2-year-old child has died after being left in a vehicle overnight in Gatlinburg last week, according to authorities.

Gatlinburg police said the child was found dead on Friday around 1:57 p.m. in a car on Laurel Avenue. Police believe the child had been in the car since Thursday night.

NBC affiliate WBIR said, according to Gatlinburg Police Chief Randall Brackins, that the parents were Gatlinburg residents who were renting a house on that street.

"They were upset," Brackins said. "They were just, you know, in shock, didn't know what to do."

No charges have been filed, but the TBI and Gatlinburg Police Department are investigating.

"They're going back now, trying to investigate to see what was happening and why it occurred and trying to make a determination as to why the child was left in the car," Brackins added.

Brackins hopes parents will remember to check on their children, especially in the summer heat.

As temperatures continue to climb in the summer heat, Brackins said he hopes parents put their children first.

Parents charged with murder in 2-year-old's death

SEVIERVILLE — A special grand jury returned murder charges Monday against the parents of a two-year-old found dead in a car outside a Gatlinburg home.

In press releases issued Monday evening, District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn and TBI announced that Anthony Dyllan Phillips and Jade Elizabeth Phillips, parents of 2-year-old Kipp Phillips, now face presentments charging them with first-degree murder, aggravated child neglect, and aggravated child abuse through acts committed July 14 that resulted in the child's death.

The two were arrested in Sumner County, Tennessee, Monday evening, and were being held at the jail there Monday night.

The press releases don't provide additional details about what led prosecutors to charge the couple with murder in the death of their child. Dunn did not return a call seeking additional information Monday.

Gatlinburg police and emergency responders found Kipp Phillips deceased in a car outside a house at 416 Laurel Ave. shortly before 2 p.m. July 14.

In a press release, Gatlinburg Police Chief Randy Brackins said police went to the home after getting a call saying a 2-year-old child had been left in a car overnight.

Brackins said he couldn't offer additional information on the case Monday night.

GPD and TBI investigated the case.