New developments in deadly case of mother leaving her son in hot car

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The week has been full of developments in the case against 28-year-old Mollie Shouse.  The Commonwealth Attorney's Office claims she left her young son for a long period of time inside her car, where he later died while she was in possession of drugs.

That happened Saturday, May 21, with several calls made to 911. On Friday, May 27, WAVE 3 News obtained the back-and-forth with dispatchers and police working the case.

"8301 Winterbourne Place #10, there's a report of a person down, looks like they're going to be in a car" was one of the initial dispatcher call out to police. "They're advising there's a child left alone in a car" is some of the newer information given to responders from the dispatcher as time went on.

"There's a 2 year old found in a car unresponsive" the dispatcher advised as the story unfolded.  Then came the more disturbing calls.

"Is homicide responding," a police officer would ask.

"That is correct.  Homicide has been notified and they're responding," the dispatcher advised.

The back and forth all stems from what happened inside a brown Toyota Corolla on Saturday, May 21 which is where police found 2-year-old Kenton Brown dead inside the car; Shouse was nowhere to be found.

She was taken in for questioning Saturday, formally charged Sunday, and on Monday she pleaded not guilty to charges.  The Jefferson County coroner said a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown died of environmental hypothermia. WAVE 3 meteorologists say temperatures on May 21 reached up to 87 degrees in Louisville.

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.

On Friday, May 27 WAVE 3 News learned that Shouse was formally indicted by a Grand Jury.  The charges include one of each for:

  • Murder (Domestic Violence)
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance Oxycodone
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance unspecified
  • Illegal possession or use of drug paraphernalia
  • Illegal possession of a controlled substance Hallucinogen Marijuana

Shouse has 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.

Shouse was scheduled to be back in front of a judge next week.

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