Ex-officer sentenced after daughter died in hot car

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Cassie Barker, a former police officer on the Coast, pled guilty to manslaughter following the 2016 death of her 3-year-old daughter in March. Now, she will serve the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. 

Barker was an officer with the Long Beach PD in September 2016 when she left her 3-year-old daughter, Cheyenne Hyer, alone in her squad car for several hours. 

At the time, Barker was in a relationship with her supervisor, Clark Ladner, and Cheyenne died in the car after the couple fell asleep inside of his home. 

Barker turned herself in, and while she was originally charged with second-degree murder, she pled guilty to a manslaughter charge in court in late March. 

According to the Washington Post, Cheyenne’s body temperature reached 107 degrees before she died in the hot car.

Both Barker and Ladner were fired from the Long Beach PD after Cheyenne’s death.

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