- 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 "reportedly forgot" about the child after dropping off her sibling at day care between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday. He and his wife have been fully cooperative with the investigation, and no charges have been filed.
Barker came home at about 8 a.m. and then left again minutes later, taking a ride share vehicle to the airport, police said. She was eventually found dead in the vehicle by her mother, later that evening.
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The continuing investigation into Katera Barker's death indicates that her father, Matt Barker, unintentionally left her in a auto seat in the rear seat of his pickup truck after he parked it Wednesday morning at the family's Virginia Avenue residence, police said. Jenny Barker called 911 at 5:42 p.m.as she pulled into her driveway.
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Police said the adoptive mother removed Katera from the truck and began CPR until paramedics arrived.
The little girl was transported to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Metro Nashville police posted a picture on Twitter showing the auto seat the girl was strapped into and the vehicle she was found inside.
According to NewsChannel5, Wednesday's high was 89 degrees, so "the interior of the truck could've easily reached between 130-170 degrees". The station reported that the child had celebrated her first birthday days earlier.
Tennessee is one of 19 states, as of May 1, with laws to protected people from liability who pull kids from cars if the vehicles are locked, a child can not be rescued another way and harm is imminent, according to KidsAndCars.org, a nonprofit that advocates for the safety of children in vehicles.