DCS Investigating Family Involved In Hot Car Death

Posted at 3:10 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 18:21:03-04

The Department of Children Services has opened an investigation into a family that lost a child after she was left in a hot truck all day.

According to Metro Police, the father, Matt Barker unintentionally left his 1-year-old daughter in her car seat. DCS determined that Barker did not stop at the child's daycare Wednesday morning.

He or his wife, Jenny Barker, would typically take Katera and her five-year-old sister to a daycare facility on Chapel Avenue. From there, the five-year-old would ride a shuttle to her elementary school.

Wednesday morning, Barker was running late, left home shortly before 7:30 a.m., and went directly to the elementary school.

After dropping off the five-year-old, he went home and did not stop at the daycare. He parked the pickup truck in the driveway. He then left for the airport in a ride sharing service and flew out of town on a business trip. 

Jenny Barker found Katera in the truck. She was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police officials said they didn't expect charges to be filed in the case.