A former Mississippi police officer told a judge Monday that she had sex with her supervisor and then fell asleep while her 3-year-old daughter was dying inside an overheated police car.
Cassie Barker pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in a plea bargain after being indicted on a second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors recommend the 29-year-old Barker spend 20 years in prison. Judge Larry Bourgeois said he wanted more time and would sentence the officer on April 1. Cheyenne Hyer died Sept. 30, 2016, after her mother left her strapped in a car seat for four hours while Barker was with her supervisor at his home. The car was running with the air conditioner turned on, but wasn’t blowing cold air. The girl was unresponsive when Barker returned. She had been free on bail but was arrested Monday after pleading guilty.