Mom of child dead in Gatlinburg hot car sentenced to probation

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- According to Sevier County Court records, the mother of a child who died in a Gatlinburg hot car was sentenced to four years probation Tuesday.

Jade Phillips was convicted on charges of Child Neglect. Court officials said she was not incarcerated before her sentencing as she had bonded out of jail a few days after her 2017 arrest.

Her husband, Anthony Phillips is currently serving a 15-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to charges of reckless homicide and attempted aggravated child neglect in April 2018.

Court officials said Anthony Phillips will be required to serve at least 30% of his sentence.

According to District Attorney General James Dunn, a grand jury returned indictments against Anthony Dyllan Phillips and Jade Elizabeth Phillips, the parents of 2-year-old Kipp, who was found in a vehicle outside a Gatlinburg home on July 14. Jade Phillips is the daughter of the mayor of Westmoreland, Tennessee, Jerry Kirkman.

Kipp's parents were indicted on one count of first-degree murder, committed through aggravated child neglect; one count of first-degree murder, committed through aggravated child abuse; one count of aggravated child neglect; and one count of aggravated child abuse against their son.

On Monday afternoon, officials learned that Anthony and Jade Phillips were at a home in Westmoreland, Tennessee. TBI agents and officials from the Sumner County Sheriff's Office arrested the couple without incident.

The defendants were arrested, and two people by those names were being held in the Sumner County, Tennessee, jail, according to the sheriff's office. They were being held on a $250,000 bond.

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