Mother charged in death of 2-year-old son is arraigned

Devonshire Apartments
Devonshire Apartments
Mollie Shouse (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Mollie Shouse (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
Mollie Shouse appeared in court Monday after her son was found dead in her car over the weekend.
Mollie Shouse appeared in court Monday after her son was found dead in her car over the weekend.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The mother of a 2-year-old boy charged with murder has pleaded not guilty. Mollie Shouse was arraigned Monday after her son, Kenton Brown, was found dead in her car Saturday.

On Monday, the Jefferson County coroner said a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown died of environmental hyperthermia. WAVE 3 meteorologists say temperatures on May 21 reached up to 87 degrees in Louisville.

Police say Shouse's son died after he was left in a car at a Lyndon apartment complex. His body was discovered Saturday afternoon.

Louisville Metro Police believes Shouse left her son unattended in the car outside her apartment for several hours. Officers were called to the Devonshire Apartment complex after someone discovered his body around 3 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, a witness tried to resuscitate Brown, but was unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

WAVE 3 was there as officers drove away Saturday with Shouse in the handcuffs.

Jake Lindsey lives a few doors down from Shouse. Outside his door is where Kenton was found.

"Saturday it was hot and I can't imagine a parent leaving someone in a car like that," said Lindsey.

Ashley Freeman says she was out Saturday and recalls walking past the car several times and didn't notice the little boy in the car.

"I feel bad about it I just don't look inside people's cars and I didn't even think about it," said Freeman.

Shouse is also facing drug charges after police say they found marijuana and xanax inside her home.

Mollie Shouse's Facebook page shows she's an LPN, a licensed practical nurse and works at Springhurst Pines Health and Rehab.

But WAVE 3 called the Kentucky Board of Nursing, which told us that Shouse is not an LPN but, is a nurse aide and she doesn't work at Springhurst.

According to Shouse's arrest report, she told police she was unemployed.

Shouse has also faced criminal charges in the past, ranging from misdemeanors and felonies.

In 2007, she pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana. In 2005, she pleaded guilty to operating under the influence, other charges were dismissed.

Shouse is being held at Metro Corrections on a $250,000 full cash bond.

As far as Kenton's father, the public defender's office says that's Kenneth Brown. Kenneth Brown is also behind bars, accused of murder.

Police say Kenneth Brown killed Louisville hip hop dance creator LaShawn "Sugar Shizz" Talbert last August.

Brown's attorney says they are trying to arrange for him to attend his son's funeral.

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