Former officer faces manslaughter charge after child’s death

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials expect a former Mississippi police officer to turn herself in on a manslaughter charge after her child died Friday when left for four hours in her patrol car.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Investigator Glenn Grannan said Thursday that his department has issued the warrant for Cassie Barker.

Grannan says Barker is expected to turn herself in Thursday, but will likely appear in court later. Grannan says he doesn’t know the name of Barker’s lawyer.

Officials quote Barker as saying she fell asleep while visiting another officer, as her 3-year-old daughter sat in a running patrol car. The child was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at a hospital. The Long Beach Board of Aldermen on Tuesday fired Barker and the other officer, Sgt. Clark Ladner.

Officials don’t plan to charge Ladner.

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