WHITWELL, Tenn. (WHNT and WDEF) — Sheriff’s deputies in Marion County, Tennessee, are waiting on autopsy results of an elementary school student from Pisgah.
Investigators found the body of nine-year-old Zachary Taylor Henry in the back of a Jeep Saturday night in the Sequatchie River, but detective do not think Henry drowned.
Sheriff Bo Burnett said there was no water in the vehicle.
“The water was about below the door of the Jeep,” Burnett said.
“The child was not submerged in water.”
First responders found his mother, Lindsey Newsom, and her boyfriend, Nicholas Mosier, semi-conscious in the passenger and driver’s seat, respectively.
Newsom is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, felony reckless endangerment and a prescription drug charge.
Mosier is charged with driving under the influence, possession of prescription drugs, felony reckless endangerment, and aggravated child abuse and neglect.
Investigators said Zachary Henry lived with his father in Alabama, and spent weekends with his mother in Tennessee.
Jackson County Schools superintendent Ken Harding said Henry enrolled in the school system this fall and started attending Pisgah School.
“He was a new kid, hadn’t been to Pisgah very long,” Harding said.
“They were still getting to know him, but when you’re elementary age, every day is a new day and everybody’s your friend.”
Harding said he and principal Mark Guffey learned about the death Sunday and made arrangements to notify the parents of Henry’s classmates, as well as providing additional counselors at the school.
“It’s not the natural order of things to bury students,” he said.
“It’s tough on other students, and different students react in different ways.”
Assistant principal Bill Shelton said many students struggled with tears Monday.
He said Henry was passionate about football and played on the local peewee team.
“We didn’t have him long but we had him long enough to say he would always be a Pisgah Eagle,” Shelton said.
Henry’s funeral is Thursday at noon at Whitwell Memorial Funeral Home in Whitwell, Tennessee, with burial to follow at Red Hill Cemetery
Donations may be made to the Whitwell Police Department Christmas for Children Fund, in memory of Zachary Taylor Henry.
Investigators said additional charges are pending in this case.