Here’s what happened. Police say that around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning Matt Barker drove his two kids – his five year old biological child and his one year old adopted baby baby Katera, to daycare.
Police claim that Matt forgot to drop his one year old inside.
According to police, Matt drove home (for approximately 30 minutes) without realizing Katera was still in the car. Authorities believe that Matt returned his truck to the driveway outside his East Nashville home. He then took an Uber to the airport, where he boarded a flight for work.
When Matt’s wife, Jenny Barker, went to pick up their two children from the daycare after work, she was told that their youngest child had never been dropped off. She called her husband, and the two realized that Katera was left in the backseat of Matt’s truck – all day.
Jenny rushed home and found her daughter in the hot truck shortly after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and performed CPR on the child until first responders arrived. The child was rushed to Vanderbilt Hospital and pronounced dead.
According to CBS News, “the girl had been in the vehicle for roughly ten hours. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures climbed to 89 degrees that day.”
If this story sounds SUSPICIOUS to you – it doesn’t to the police. They are recommending that the investigation be closed and NO CHARGES be filed against either parent.
Tennessee ranks eighth in child hot car deaths nationwide, with 30 incidents since 1990.