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A couple is charged after a traffic accident that killed one of their children and seriously injured another.

On February 1, Raymond Shumate was behind the wheel on State Highway 307, when his car ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The car caught fire.

Shumate's 7-year-old son, Luke, died in the crash. Another child in the car, Jake, 9 was hurt, and is still recovering in Children's Hospital. None of them were wearing seatbelts.

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Now, a Monroe County grand jury has returned criminal charges against Shumate and his wife, Jennifer.

Raymond Shumate is charged with two counts of Aggravated Child and Neglect, Aggravated Child Endangerment, First Degree Murder, Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Assault. He is being held in the McMinn County jail on unrelated charges.

Jennifer Shumate is charged with two counts of Aggravated Child Neglect, Aggravated Child Endangerment, Vehicular Homicide, and Vehicular Assault.


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