Mississippi police officer pleads guilty in charges from child’s death in car

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BY FOX 13, MEMPHIS

HARRISON CO., Miss. – A former Mississippi Gulf Coast police officer has told a judge she was having sex with her supervisor while her 3-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated patrol car.

Cassie Barker pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in a plea bargain. The Sun Herald reports prosecutors recommend the 29-year-old Barker spend 20 years in prison.

Harrison County Circuit Judge Larry Bourgeois says he will sentence the ex-Long Beach officer April 1.

Cheyenne Hyer died Sept. 30, 2016, after her mother left her strapped in a car seat for four hours while Barker was having sex with her then-supervisor at his home. The car was running with the air-conditioner turned on, but wasn’t blowing cold air.

The girl was unresponsive when Barker returned. Authorities say Hyer’s body temperature was 107 degrees when found.

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