published Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Chattanooga: Dad being questioned in 3-year-old’s death

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The father of a 3-year-old who died earlier this month has been arrested and held on multiple probation violations.

Reginald Tumlin, 31, was arrested this morning on Sequoia Drive, according to Chattanooga Police Spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary. He had six criminal court probation violations stemming from a slew of drug sale charges, but police were also searching for Mr. Tumlin for questioning in the death of his son.

Mr. Tumlin was taken into custody by Chattanooga Police and U.S. Marshals without incident just before 7 a.m., Sgt. Weary said. He was located in a bedroom at his uncle’s house.

His arrest charges stem from probation violations on multiple counts of possession of cocaine for resale, possession of marijuana for resale, possession of contraband and paraphernalia, theft, criminal impersonation and a host of other charges, Sgt. Weary said.

Mr. Tumlin’s son was brought into T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital unresponsive on May 1. Tumlin’s girlfriend, who brought the child to the hospital, told medical staff that the child was having problems breathing but after an examination by doctors it was found that the child was deceased. A medical examiner’s report later determined the child died of blunt force trauma. The investigation into the child’s death is still on-going.

Mr. Tumlin is currently being questioned by Major Crimes Investigators at the Chattanooga Police Department but will be transported to the Hamilton County Jail following the interview.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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