Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

1-year-old dies in hot truck in Nashville

1-year-old dies in hot truck in Nashville

Metro Nashville police said the adoptive father, Matt Barker, "reportedly forgot" about the child, Katera Barker, after dropping off her sibling at day care between 7:30am and 8am Wednesday.

WTVF spoke to the adoptive mother and learned the biological mother had spoken to the couple and chose them as her daughter's parents.

The baby was taken to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

Police said the parents had recently adopted the girl and no arrests have been announced, News Channel 3 reported.

The investigation is ongoing. When he returned home, he reportedly forgot the infant in her auto seat.

The incident occurred as temperatures in Nashville reached a sweltering 26 degrees outside, meaning that the heat inside the vehicle may have reached near 50 degrees.

The unnamed one-year-old was strapped in the family vehicle while her adoptive dad dropped off a sibling at nursery. There, the staff told her that Katera didn't come to the centre that day.

The mother, Jenny Barker, later drove to the daycare to collect her children. There have been 30 children who have died since 1990.

She took the baby out of the truck and started CPR until paramedics arrived, police said. Police don't expect to file charges against the father, who flew back home Wednesday evening.

Police said Barker returned to the home around 8 a.m. and left a few minutes later for the airport in a rideshare.

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