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Two charged after toddlers found trapped in hot car

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Marisa Burns and Jacob Lormand / Sumner County Jail

A Gallatin couple has been charged with child neglect after police found two toddlers that went missing from their home trapped and barely responsive in a nearby hot car.

Police were called to a home in the 1000-block of LBJ Court shortly after noon on April 12 after the children, ages 2 and 3, were reported missing from the residence.

The two boys were last seen around 10 a.m. When they were put to bed for a nap by Jacob Lormand, 26, before he went back to bed with their mother, Marisa Burns, 20, accordign to an arrest affidavit. Lormand told authorities he was woken up two hours later by the boys' 4-year-old sister when she did not know where they were at.

Multiple agencies began searching for the toddlers who were found approximately 100 yards from the home trapped inside of a neighbor's hot car.

"The two boys appeared to have let themselves in the car, but once the door closed they were unable to figure out how to escape it," according to the arrest affidavit. "Both children were laying lethargic and barely responsive."

The children, who were both wearing only diapers and were covered in dried feces, were transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center where they were treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration, according to police.

During the investigation, both Burns and Lormand admitted they had smoked crack cocaine and marijuana during the previous night so they could sleep, according to the affidavit. The two also said they use drugs daily inside the home where the children are located.

Both Burns and Lormand were charged with two counts of child neglect and booked into the Sumner County Jail on $50,000 bond each. They are scheduled to appear in Sumner County General Sessions Court on May 3.

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