Two Mississippi cops have been fired after one of the twoâ€™s 3-year-old daughter was left to die in a hot patrol car for four hours.
27-year-old Long Beach Officer Cassie Barker, the childâ€™s mother, and 36-year-old Sgt. Clark Ladner, were fired after Barkerâ€™s daughter was found unresponsive in the back of her patrol car on Friday morning while she was meeting with Sgt. Ladner at his home for multiple hours. He was her shift supervisor.
The little girl had been strapped into her car seat in the back of the patrol car the entire time.
The two in blue had just finished a night shift working together that morning and had ended up together at his house. Sgt. Ladner told detectives that Officer Barker had showed up unannounced and that he hadnâ€™t been aware that the little girl was in the car.
Both officers were suspended without pay during the investigation into the girl’s death, and were fired from their jobs after a unanimous vote by the city council. The reason given for the terminations was conduct detrimental to the public.
No criminal charges have been filed against the two cops, but Glenn Grannan, the Hancock County Chief Investigator, said Tuesday that “somebody is going to be accountable for the baby’s death.”