When Long Beach police officer Cassie Barker returned to the patrol car, her daughter was unresponsive.
However, Hancock County Sheriff Sheriff Ricky Adam told local media that Barker’s patrol car was running with the air conditioner on when investigators arrived on the scene.
But Barker could have easily turned the car on after discovering her toddler unresponsive.
Bass said the air conditioner was on when responders got to the home. He said that in spite of the fact that police often leave their cars running with the air conditioners on while unattended, that there’s “no excuse for leaving your child in the car.”
“There’s no logical reason to do that,” he said. “It’s not an accident. She left the child in the car. We hear and read about this, it seems like quite often recently. It seems more than ever that people are leaving their infants and small children in the car to do tasks and shopping.”
At this point it’s unclear if there will be charges, but if there are, Bass said he expects Barker would be charged with negligent homicide.
Investigators have yet to interview Barker about the incident because she has been hospitalized. And not much information has been released about why the state took the child away from her on a previous occasion.