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LONDON, Ky. (AP) - The bodies of two young brothers who had gone
missing in eastern Kentucky were found in the trunk of their mother's car, state police said Sunday.

State police said it appears the boys locked themselves in the trunk and relatives and authorities couldn't find them in time.

The boys were identified as 8-year-old Chase Baker and 11-year-old Coty Baker, according to Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. They were reported missing Saturday night around 8 p.m. EDT in at a home two miles south of London, state police said.

The boys' grandparents had called police to say they had not seen their boys for about three hours, Bowling said. A state medical examiner was performing autopsies on the bodies Sunday.

State police said the deaths appear to be accidental.

"Preliminarily, it appears that this is just a tragedy," said Trooper Don Trosper of the state police post in London. "... these boys were out playing and they accidentally got themselves locked in the trunk."

Their bodies were found in the trunk of a 1996 Audi at their mother's home about four hours after the missing report, Bowling said. He said the mother was at the home, which is about two miles south of London, when they were found.

The boys were pronounced dead at the scene. State police were investigating Sunday afternoon.

Federal law requires cars made beginning in 2002 to have release latches inside the trunk.

In 2005 in Camden, N.J., three young boys thought lost were later found dead in the trunk of their family's car. Officials said the boys suffocated after climbing into the trunk on their own.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Gabby Cornelius Location: I Now Live In The Hood Where They Lived on Nov 17, 2008 at 05:08 PM
    Now I know that god had a reson for taking my best friend cause now that coty is gone I have got myself out of trouble because he told me that he didn't want me in any more trouble so when he died I stop doing bad,not doing what I was told and stuff like that cause coty said too so now i live right next to where they lived which i bet whould of been the greatest having them right next to me but god has a plan for everthing we might not like it at all but it's what he wants and what's best.It's been the hrad but we have got thought this. WE ALL MISS&&LOVE COTY&CHASE!=\
  • by Megan Location: Cincinnati on Jun 9, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    Coty and Chase were my cousins and it has now been one year since this horrible day. I just wanted to say thanks for all the support and concern. We miss you boys very much and love you always.
  • by GABBY Location: LONDON on Oct 7, 2007 at 03:52 PM
    I LOVED THE TWO BOYS THEY WAS LIKE MY BORTHERS I WHEN'T TO SHCOOL WITH CODTY AND I LOVED HIS SMILE AND I LIKED IT WHEN HE MADE ME LAF.HE WAS A VEREY GOOD PERSON TO BE WITH EVEN WHEN SOMTHING BAD HAPPENS HES THEIR FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT.I DID KONW CHASE THAT MUCH BUT CODTY TALKED VERY HIGHT FO HIM AND I SEEN HIM FOME TIME TO TIME.CHASE HAD A GOOD SMILE TO AND WAS A GOOD PERSON TO BE WITH WHEN TIME WAS HREAD.THEY WAS GREAT PEOPLE TO BE WITH. [I LOVE YOU CODTY-CHASE 4-EVER AND EVER]
  • by stacey Location: london on Jul 4, 2007 at 10:09 AM
    Coty was the kind to stand up for a friend when somthing bad was haerd!Even tough we know he is in a better place we still miss him verry much!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by amanda Location: london on Jul 2, 2007 at 10:59 PM
    well just so everyone knows they was my neighbors i helped look for them ive only got one thing to say they lived in a trailer park dont you think if they was hot enough to take there clothes off dont you think they would have been screaming to get out come on guys they was probly still alive when the search started cmon something is not right
  • by attention Location: ohio on Jul 2, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    to all of you people who write in here and dont know the facts or what your talking about just quit!! yes for a fact some of the family is sugar coating this bs but there is much more that you dont know about when you read this article or any article for that fact. lets go out on a limb here and just say what everyone has been thinking since the incedent(she did it) nothing adds up if you know all the details. if i was johnny who i met seems like a nice guy i would look into this more if i was him. the mother just a simple questions 1 of very very very many ppl have why....would you if your kids were killed move out of town leave everything behind in ky and move to ohio??? whats the point she has a trailer of her own in ky and lived off her dad? sounds like a scape goat to me this is all bs and when everyone finds out what really happended it will make you sick to your stomach. b/c trust this what you have heard up to this point is probably not the truth. it makes me sick to even write or read this stuff anymore we just want justice
  • by Deb Location: Hamilton on Jun 29, 2007 at 08:42 PM
    Kayla - I respect your opinion and you have every right to it in addition to having the ability to express it. That is one of the great benefits of living in the U.S.A. It is also my understanding that with that right comes the right to be judged fairly. In order to judge fairly, one is required to fully understand all the facts and have no predjuces or personal interests. Maybe just as you said, the family is "sugarcoating" and should just face the real facts as we do have a personal interest. Or maybe real facts were heard, and you formed an opinion on just bits and pieces of the real facts? It is a possibility! Time will tell.
  • by Kayla Location: Manchester Ky. on Jun 20, 2007 at 01:01 AM
    I think its (edited).. people keep saying "quit being so negative" when the story its self sounds fishy. I heard that the boys was reported missing hours after they had been missing.. Okay.. if you all had a missing kid.. i think i would be more responsible... The kids may have locked there self in the truck.. who knows what happens.. we may never know.. but if you're gonna have kids i think you should atleast keep a eye on them especially if they like playing in trunks of cars in 90 degrees weather. and if the woman is showing no emotion over losing her kids then isnt that a clear sign for all of you.. quit sugarcoating and face the real facts.. of course her family is gonna offend her... but as a mother you're gonna have to face the consequences these babies died a horrible death.. and if it wasnt an accident it should be looked into.. No one should judge this because the mom is "nice" these are babies were talking about.. and theres nothing anyone can do to bring it back.. I don't know the kids.. but it kills me to hear such things.. it would hurt me if a grown man died in a car much less babies.. I pray for the babies.. not because the mother is "nice" or the family is "wonderful" my heart goes out to the kids. and for the comment that stated that the kids had no clothes on when they were found.. well lets see if you're stuck in a trunk and it 90 degrees out.. then you're gonna rip ur clothes off as well.. Im not accusing the mother.. I think that if you have kids.. and you care so much then keep your eyes on them because this is what happens when you have a irresponsible mother. Thanks.
  • by Deb Location: Hamilton, OH on Jun 19, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    Rumors and stories run ramped and it appears in our society that we assume the worst in people, cast suspicion and presume guilt rather than believe this is a horrific tragedy, lend their prayers and support and finally believe that all are innocent until proven guilty. We slander others by throwing out little comments and questions and don’t give it another thought as to the fury or further pain we may cause in a time that is darker than anyone can ever imagine. It is depressing to know many have a first instinct is to assume that all of the information we receive over the www, the AP or in the News Media is complete and absolute, the logical thinking skills throw up red flags when we hear bits and pieces. This is a time when we should call on our heartfelt side tending to empathize with the situation and conclude that the family maybe did in fact, react just as we would have had we been dealt this most difficult situation. Some have in fact, lost faith and in a few keystrokes have inflicted more pain than anyone deserves in this dark hour. My final thoughts and words are in regards to these sweet babies, Coty and Chase, who have been put to rest, you were loved very much and will be missed by many.
  • by Tricia Location: Eaton Ohio on Jun 17, 2007 at 09:49 PM
    I just wanted to say that My sister Pam went to school with Johnny Baker (the father) and We all grew up together in the small town of Eaton. It is horrific and almost unimmaginable that such a tragedy as this could ever take place. My husband and I have 5 wonderful children. So, It tears me up and I learn about this on Father's Day. I pray that God will send down his blanket of comfort for the family and friends of Chase and Coty Baker.. God Bless All.!!!

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