A mum who left her one-year-old baby daughter in the car while she got her hair done for six hours has been charged with second degree murder. Dijanelle Fowler, 25, also faces charges of cruelty to children and concealing a death. Police say there’s no sign she intended to harm the baby and had put her air conditioning on in the car, leaving daughter Skylar in the back seat.
But reportedly the car’s battery died some time after, switching off the air con and leaving the little girl in the vehicle with rising temperatures on the hottest day of the month. The temperature in Georgia on that day was around 92 degrees Fahrenheit – or around 32 Celsius. Temperatures inside vehicles on such a hot day can climb much higher. Fowler entered the hair salon and spent six hours inside without checking on the baby once, according to reporters.
CCTV allegedly shows the mum returning to her car at around 4pm and police believe that Skylar was already dead at this point. The woman drove to the local Emory University Hospital and called 911 from the car park. A police spokeswoman said Fowler told police she had passed out from some sort of medical condition, but the baby’s condition suggested she had died sooner than the time her mother suggested. Fowler has been charged with second degree murder.