Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dad forgot baby was in car, left on business trip

Dad forgot baby was in car, left on business trip

- A 1-year-old girl died Wednesday after her adoptive father left her inside a hot pickup truck "all day", authorities said.

News outlets cite a release from Metro Nashville police saying the adoptive father, Matt Barker, "reportedly forgot" about Katera Barker after dropping off her 5-year-old sibling at day care on Wednesday.

According to Metro Nashville Police, the girl's mother found the infant inside the truck outside of their home.

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The truck that the 1-year-old girl was found in. The child was then rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

According to the Tennessean, authorities have said parents should place a shoe or handbag in the back of their auto, alongside the vehicle seat, as a simple way to remind them there is a child in the back.

His wife, Jenny Barker, left for her job in another vehicle thinking that both children were at the day-care center, police said. She immediately called 911 as she returned home.

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Temperatures in Nashville were in the 80s on Wednesday, meaning the temperature inside the truck could have easily reached 120 degrees. There, the staff told her that Katera didn't come to the centre that day.

The child was pronounced dead when she was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital.

The child's father flew back to Nashville on Wednesday night.

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In all, 749 children have died as result of vehicular heatstroke since 1998, according to the website. In such cases, the person can experience heat stroke - becoming dizzy, disoriented and confused, feeling worn out or falling into a coma, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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