Parents pass out on heroin in hot car, child in backseat

Kelsey Bowen and James Burnett (MNPD)
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26-year-old Kelsey Bowen was charged with child neglect, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and contraband in a penal institution, and 27-year-old James Burnett was charged with child neglect, possession of heroin with intent, and contraband in a penal institution after officers found them passed out in a hot car with their 4-year-old child in the backseat.

On May 25th, an anonymous complaint came in about a white male beating on a black sedan with a white female inside. Metro Nashville Police Department Officer Jernigan responded to the call and found James Burnett and Kelsey Bowen passed out at 1232 Canyon Ridge Ct. Burnett was passed out next to the open passenger-side rear door leaning in the car. Bowen was passed out in the front passenger seat. Their 4-year-old child was found in the backseat area with no air conditioner running and in danger of a heat-related injury, as the temperature at that time was 85 F with a heat index of 91 F.

Officer Jernigan woke up Burnett. He was unsteady on his feet, confused and slurring his words like someone who was on narcotics. Officer Jernigan found a bag outside the car of what field tested positive for heroin. Next, he woke up Bowen who also showed signs of impairment like Burnett.

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A search of the vehicle was conducted after finding the heroin. Police additionally found an uncapped needle near Bowen in the front seat and a digital scale at her feet on the floorboard. Bowen and Burnett were both taken into custody. On the way to the Davidson County Jail, officers found a Xanax on the seat near Bowen. At the jail, Deputy Kovalik found 1.5 bars of Xanax and 0.4 grams of meth in Burnett’s left sock.

Kelsey Bowen was arrested and charged with child neglect, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, and contraband in a penal institution. Her bond was set at $15,000.

James Burnett was child neglect, possession of heroin with intent, and contraband in a penal institution. His bond was set at $27,500.


Bowen, Kelsey480943607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Child Neglect- Child 8 or less
Bowen, Kelsey480943607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Contraband in Penal Inst.
Bowen, Kelsey480943607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Unl.Use Dr. Paraph.
Burnett, James596663607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Contraband in Penal Inst.
Burnett, James596663607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Poss.w/int. -Heroin
Burnett, James596663607 SYCAMORE LN
Lavergne Rd, TN 37086
Child Neglect- Child 8 or less


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