published Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Grand jury indicts mother of Bradley County boys who died of hyperthermia

Leland Bates, 5, and River Bates, 3
Leland Bates, 5, and River Bates, 3
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The Bradley County grand jury on Wednesday indicted the mother of two boys who died last month of hyperthermia.

Natasha Mach’e Moses Bates, 26, was arrested tonight by Bradley County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

On June 28, Moses transported her sons from 879 Keith Valley Road to 851 Armstrong Road where she called 9-1-1. Emergency medical personnel transported River Bates to Skyridge Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Leland Bates was transported to Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga where he died the following day.

Through investigation and statements investigators found reason to believe the boys died in a car and an autopsy ruled the cause of death to be from hyperthermia.

Moses was booked into the Bradley County Jail where she was charged with two counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated child abuse/endangerment, four counts of initiation of manufacture of methamphetamine, and one count of promotion of methamphetamine manufacture.

The drug charges are the result of detectives returning to the home on Keith Valley Road on July 13 under search warrant after receiving information of possible drug activity.

Moses is being held without bond pending arraignment in Criminal Court.

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