A Mississippi police officer who left her 3-year-old daughter to die in a hot car while she had sex with her supervisor is apparently pregnant again.
Biloxi Sun Herald reports that 29-year-old Cassie Barker, who pleaded guilty last Monday to manslaughter in connection to the 2016 death of her little girl, Cheyenne Hyer, plans to put the baby up for adoption, according to her lawyer, Damian Holcomb. Barker is currently behind bars awaiting sentencing.
“We were told there are a million people who have babies while they are in prison,” Holcomb said. “The way it works is once you are medically cleared (after giving birth), you go back to whatever prison you are supposed to go back to.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Barker had just gotten off of work at the Long Beach Police Department on September 30, 2016, when she picked up Cheyenne from her babysitter, then stopped by the home of her supervisor, Clark Ladner. She claimed she wanted to talk about a “personal matter,” but the pair ended up having sex inside Ladner’s home while the little girl, left in her mother’s patrol car, was trapped inside the vehicle and dying from a heatstroke.
Around four hours later, Barker returned to her patrol car and found Cheyenne unresponsive. The little girl’s temperature was 107 degrees.
Cheyenne never recovered and passed away on the same day at the Hancock County Medical Center. While Ladner said he had no idea that Barker left the toddler outside in her car, Barker claimed she fell asleep inside Ladner’s home after working a 12-hour shift earlier that day.
Barker also claimed she left the air conditioner on in the vehicle, but it apparently wasn’t working properly, according to CBS News.
The incident marked the second time Barker left Cheyenne in a car alone. In 2015, Barker left the little girl inside her personal vehicle while she went to a strip mall off of U.S. 49 in Gulfport. A passerby noticed Cheyenne, a 2-year-old at the time, inside the car and contacted police. The Department of Human Services took temporary custody of the child but she was later given back to Barker.
A judge is scheduled to hand down Barker’s sentencing in April. The state recommended Barker serve 20 years in prison.
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[Feature Photo: Cheyenne Hyer/GoFundMe]