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A 25-year-old woman was charged with felony murder after Georgia authorities say she left her 1-year-old daughter in a hot car while she got her hair done.
Dijanelle Fowler left the air conditioner in the car running while she was in a salon in the Tucker area, according to arrest warrants. When she returned, the car had shut off.
“Instead of calling 911, she called roadside assistance to get her battery jumped,” said DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell.
Fowler concealed the child from the person who helped restart the vehicle before driving to Emory University Hospital and calling 911, according to authorities.
When emergency crews arrived, little Skylar Fowler was dead.
“I don’t believe it was intentional,” DeKalb County Police Captain Jerry Lewis told 9 News. “It seems that it was an accident. However, with that in mind, there’s consequences that come with that.”
Fowler told cops she herself had passed out from a medical condition, according to Campbell. However, authorities say the child’s condition indicated she had died sooner than the time Fowler suggested.
Dijanelle Fowler has been charged with felony murder in the hot car death of her daughter.
Fowler, a South Carolina resident, left the Atlanta area after her daughter’s death last month. She was arrested on Monday after turning herself in to DeKalb County Police, who had been searching for her.
In addition to the murder charge, Fowler is accused of second-degree cruelty to children and concealing a death.
The high temperature in DeKalb County on June 15 was 92 degrees at 5 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
Twenty-three kids have died so far this year in the U.S. after being left in hot cars, according to the nonprofit KidsAndCars.org.
The highest annual number was recorded in 2010, when 49 children died, according to KidsAndCars.org founder and president Janette Fennell.
With News Wire Services