Investigation under way in suspicious death of toddler


newsBrittney Raby — Staff Writer

Franklin Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation are investigating a suspicious death that has been labeled a homicide according to search warrants.

On Tuesday, March 8, around 3 p.m., Audrey and Jeremy Powell took their two-and-a-half-year-old son Mason to Angel Medical Center. After no heartbeat was detected, Mason was pronounced deceased at that time. According to court records, Mason was green and black-colored and the skin on his legs  was blistered and peeling.

Macon County Medical Examiner Jim Ledford declared that Mason had been deceased for more than 24 hours.

According to the search warrant,  Audrey Powell reported that she and Mason had been napping in her bedroom since noon and when she woke, she found him unresponsive and blue colored, at which point she woke up her husband and the pair took Mason to the hospital.

After taking Mason to the hospital, Audrey left, returned home and then had a neighbor drive her back to the hospital later.

A search warrant was issued after police concluded probable cause to look for evidence in both the home and the car that transported the toddler to the hospital. The scope of the search warrant included items to be seized such as pictures, blood, clothing, and items that could be used to cause blunt force injuries, prescriptions or other items that could be related to Mason’s death.

Items that were seized include: Green towel and blue wash cloth from carpet in living room, clear plastic bag with green vegetable matter, bedding material containing red stains from bed in master bedroom, two tablets in cases, and assorted medications.

No charges have been filed at this time and authorities are awaiting results of an autopsy, which was performed Wednesday. According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, it could be weeks before results are returned.