1-Year-Old Dies in Heat

A Nashville father flew out of town on a business trip, and police say he unintentionally left his 1-year-old daughter behind in his pickup truck, a mistake that proved fatal. The man’s wife, Jenny Barker, had gone to work Wednesday believing husband Matt Barker would drop off their two children at a daycare center before catching his flight. Police say he dropped off his 5-year-old child around 7:30am, but forgot his recently adopted daughter in her car seat in his truck, per USA Today.

Katera Barker was later pronounced dead at a hospital, becoming at least the seventh child to die in a hot car in the US this year, per the Washington Post. According to NewsChannel5, Wednesday’s high was 89 degrees, so “the interior of the truck could’ve easily reached between 130-170 degrees.” Police don’t expect to file charges against the father, who flew back home Wednesday evening.

REMINDING US:

The importance of raising awareness and educating and parents caregivers is paramount to the prevention of injuries and deaths to children in and around motor vehicles.

KidsAndCars.org

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