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3-Year-Old Dies After Being Left In Car For Hours

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According to The Washington Post, an entire Mississippi police department is left in shock as one of their own officers left her 3-year-old in her patrol car, causing the young child’s death. The mother of the 3-year-old child is an officer named Cassie Varker

Details Of The Incident

Officer Cassie Barker ended her patrol on Friday at 6’o clock A.M. and preceded to visit her colleague Clark Lander—with her child, Cheyenne Hyer, accompanying her in the patrol car.

Officer Barker left her 3-year-old child in the car and went inside Ladner’s home. Cheyenne was left in the patrol car alone for a minimum of four hours.

When emergency officials arrived on the scene, Cheyenne was unresponsive. Paramedics worked for 40 minutes trying to save the young child, but after arriving to the hospital, Cheyenne was pronounced dead.

After the incident, Officer Barker was admitted to the hospital due to shock.

While the incident was investigated by authorities, Barker and Ladner were suspended without pay. Later, Long Beach Police Department confirmed that the two officers being investigated had been terminated for “conduct unbecoming”.

The relationship between Barker and Ladner is unclear.

Heatstroke Death of Children In Vehicles Statistics

According to noheatsroke.org, in an analysis of media reports from 1998 to September 2016 (661 child vehicular heatstroke deaths in total) shows the following circumstances:

  • 54 % of children were “forgotten” by a caregiver
  • 28% of children were playing in an unattended vehicle
  • 17% of children were intentionally left in vehicle by an adult
  • 1% of children had unknown circumstances

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