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Police Search for Car With Possible Dead Child in Trunk

December 11, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Police Search for Car With Possible Dead Child in Trunk

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Law enforcement is on alert for a car with a possible dead child inside.

A Millersville police officer pulled over a vehicle on Interstate 65 Wednesday afternoon for a registration violation.

The driver presented a Saudi driver’s license and told the officer his child was dead in the trunk and he wanted to bury him in accordance with his Muslim faith.

The officer then asked to see the child, but the driver refused and told him that was against his religion. The officer let the driver go and reported it to his superiors.

“The new officer didn’t want to interfere with the Muslim burial ceremony,” Millersville Police Chief David Hindman said. “Didn’t want to cause a scene in the midst of a mourning.”

Hindman said he would have done things differently if someone had told him there was a dead child in the trunk.

“I can’t put myself in the officer’s place and how he felt or reacted, used his judgment, and what was appropriate in that moment,” he said.

Hindman said the officer did not see the child in the trunk.

While Hindman said he would have checked the trunk and looked for signs of abuse or foul play, he does not fault the officer, who he described as a “very good officer” who has been on the force just five months.

“This is the first I’ve ever heard of this,” Hindman said.

Hindman contacted an expert in the Muslim faith who confirmed the officer acted appropriately in not defiling the body of the alleged child.

Now, law enforcement in Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties are on the lookout for a late model blue Dodge Charger with temporary tags.

Millersville police said there are three men in the car and they believe a child’s body is in the trunk.

Police believe the driver is headed to a mosque. The closest mosques in the area are in Nashville, Cool Springs and Murfreesboro. All of these mosques have been put on alert.

Hindman said he also reached out to the district attorney, who said there were no laws being violated by the family. There is no word if any charges will be filed.

Hindman wants to see an active police report from the coroner or police regarding the child’s death. He said he will institute a policy for future cases like this one.

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