Katera Barker was a beautiful little girl, who had just recently embarked on a new life. But the adopted one-year-old girl died after being left in a car all day in blistering 89 degree heat.
Her adoptive dad, Matt Barker, left her in a car and took a ride sharing service to the airport for a business trip, the Tennessean reported.
Authorities say Barker dropped Katera and her five-year-old sibling at daycare on Wednesday morning. But tragically he didn’t realize that Katera was still in the car after the drop-off. Katera Was Found On Wednesday Evening Facebook Katera’s father drove home – oblivious that his daughter was still in the car.
He parked it his driveway at around 8am and departed on a business trip. Katera’s mother, Jenny Barker, discovered her lifeless daughter on Wednesday evening when she went to pick up the children from daycare. She was told that Katera had never been dropped off.
The frantic mother called 911 at around 5.42pm and raced back to the family home. Jenny Barker arrived at the home before paramedics and pulled the girl out of the car, performing CPR on her.
Katera Was Pronounced Dead On Arrival.
Paramedics rushed Katera to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she was sadly pronounced dead on arrival.
Matt Barker immediately flew back to Nashville upon hearing of Katera’s death, arriving Wednesday evening.
According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in Nashville reached a high of 89 degrees, meaning the inside of the truck could have reached nearly 120 degrees.
No charges have been filed in the case as of Friday. So far, the parents have cooperated with investigators. Authorities say the parents had recently adopted Katera.