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Tennessee toddler left in hot car dies after dad takes business flight

The Tennessean • May 24, 2018 at 2:33 PM

NASHVILLE — Metro police have identified a 1-year-old girl who died after being left inside a hot car on Wednesday as Katera Barker.

The continuing investigation into the child's death indicates that her father, Matt Barker, unintentionally left her in a car seat in the rear seat of his pickup truck after he parked it Wednesday morning at the family’s Virginia Avenue residence, police said.

Detectives have been told that the child's father left home at 7:30 a.m. with his two children (Katera and a 5-year-old) to take them to a daycare facility on Chapel Avenue. He returned home at approximately 8 a.m. and left minutes later via a ride share service for the airport, police said. He then flew out of the city on a business trip. His wife, Jenny, left home for work in her vehicle.

On Wednesday evening, Jenny Barker went to the daycare facility to pick up the children. She was told that Katera was never dropped off.

More about the child’s death from our partners at The Tennessean.

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