Deputy: Mother will be charged in death of child left in car

Photo Credit: WLOX
Photo Credit: WLOX

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A law enforcement official in Mississippi says a former police officer will face criminal charges in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, who authorities say was left alone in a parked patrol car for four hours last week.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass told The Associated Press on Wednesday that officials plan to charge Cassie Barker with manslaughter as soon as she is released from a hospital.

Bass says he doesn’t know whether Barker has a lawyer to speak for her.

Barker and another Long Beach officer, Sgt. Clark Ladner, were fired Tuesday by that city’s Board of Alderman for violating department policies. Authorities say Barker left Cheyenne Hyer strapped in a child seat in a patrol car while inside Ladner’s house.

Bass says that officials don’t now plan to charge Ladner.

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