Dad ‘Forgot’ Adopted 1-Year-Old Daughter In His Car For So Long She Died

May 28, 2018
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A 1-year-old girl has passed away after she was left in her adopted father’s car.

Katera Barker died last Wednesday (May 23) in Nashville, Tennessee after her adopted Father, Matt Barker, left her in his truck and then took a ride sharing service to the airport for a business trip.

According to The Tennessean reports, police say that Barker dropped off Katera and her five-year-old sibling at daycare on Wednesday morning but he didn’t realize that the youngest was still in the car until after the drop-off.

Unknowingly, the father drove home and the young girl was still in the car as he parked it at around 8 am. This us when he left on the business trip in a different vehicle.

This is Matt and Jenny Barker. This week, Matt “accidentally” left their Black adopted daughter Katera Barker in a car all day, where she later died because of the heat. Neither of the adoptive parents have been charged #smh pic.twitter.com/EypHAhFvg7

— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) May 26, 2018

Katera’s adoptive mother, Jenny Barker, found her daughter near death that sameevening when she went to pick the children up from daycare and was told Katera was never dropped off. 

The mother called 911 at around 5:42 pm and they raced back home.

Barker arrived home before the paramedics, pulled the girl out of the car, and performed CPR on her. 

Katera was taken to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Matt Barker immediately flew back to Nashville after hearing of Katera’s death. 

The National Weather Service claims that temperatures reached a high of 89 degrees, which could’ve totaled nearly 120 degrees in the vehicle.

Thus far, no charges have been filed in the case.

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