Update: Child Dies While Police Officer Mom Has Sex Mar 19, 2019 23:18:11 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on Mar 19, 2019 23:18:11 GMT -5
Child Dies in Hot Car While Police Officer Mom Has Sex
A former Mississippi police officer faces up to 20 years in prison for leaving her 3-year-old daughter to die inside a hot car while she had sex at her supervisor’s house. On Monday (March 18), Cassie Barker (above), 29, pled guilty to culpable negligence manslaughter in the death of her daughter, Cheyenne Hyer, inside her patrol car on September 30, 2016. The former Gulfport officer accepted the plea agreement to a lesser charge after being indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.
On the date in question, Barker went to the home of Clark Ladner, her supervisor, to talk with him at the end of her shift and the two engaged in sexual relations. It was 100° and she left the car running with the air conditioner on, but the vents weren’t blowing cold air. After sex, she fell asleep and slept for four hours, during which time her toddler was strapped in a car seat in the sweltering heat. When Barker finally returned to the car, the child was unresponsive. The little girl was rushed to a nearby hospital, where medical personnel recorded a body temperature of 107°.
Barker had left the child unattended in a car on a previous occasion while she went into a store and a passerby called Gulfport police.
“I don’t know what I could ever do to you that could be worse than what you’ve already experienced,” Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois told her in court. “You will forever be entombed in a prison of your own mind.”
Barker and Ladner were fired following the child’s death.
Cheyenne’s father, Ryan Hyer, said he still cannot believe his daughter is dead. “As a parent, you are supposed to protect your child and Cheyenne is gone because her mother didn’t protect her, not once, but twice,” he declared. “May God have mercy on her soul.”
The former officer will be sentenced on April 1 and prosecutors are recommending 20 years in prison.
Source: KC Baker, People, March 19, 2019.