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The Latest: Former officer released on bail without hearing

October 06, 2016 - 3:27 PM

JACKSON, Miss. - The Latest on charges against the mother of a 3-year-old girl who died in a car in Kiln, Mississippi (all times local):

5 p.m.

A former Mississippi police officer has been released on $50,000 bail over the protests of the agency that arrested her on manslaughter charges in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.

Former Long Beach Officer Cassie Barker, 27, turned herself in to the Hancock County Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon. Chief Deputy Don Bass says Barker's lawyers reached an agreement with Hancock County Justice Court Judge Tommy Carver before Barker arrived to set bail at $50,000.

Carver didn't hold a hearing, prompting complaints from law enforcement. Bass says the sheriff's office wanted a higher bail because investigators fear Barker might leave the state.

Officials quote Barker as saying she fell asleep Friday while visiting another officer, as her daughter sat in a running patrol car. The child was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at a hospital. The Long Beach Board of Aldermen on Tuesday fired Barker and the other officer, Sgt. Clark Ladner.

Officials don't now plan to charge Ladner.

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3:30 p.m.

A former Mississippi police officer has turned herself in to face a manslaughter charge after her child died Friday when left in her patrol car.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass said Thursday that Cassie Barker surrendered to authorities Thursday afternoon. Officials had issued a warrant for her arrest earlier in the day.

It's unclear whether she will be released or held in jail. Attorney Donald Rafferty of Gulfport declined comment to reporters as he and Barker entered the sheriff's office in Bay St. Louis, according to video posted online by WLOX-TV.

Officials quote Barker as saying she fell asleep while visiting another officer, as her 3-year-old daughter sat in a running patrol car. The child was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at a hospital. The Long Beach Board of Aldermen on Tuesday fired Barker and the other officer, Sgt. Clark Ladner.

Officials don't now plan to charge Ladner.

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12:30 p.m.

Officials expect a former Mississippi police officer to turn herself in on a manslaughter charge after her child died Friday when left for four hours in her patrol car.

Hancock County Sheriff's Investigator Glenn Grannan said Thursday that his department has issued the warrant for Cassie Barker.

Grannan says Barker is expected to turn herself in Thursday, but will likely appear in court later. Grannan says he doesn't know the name of Barker's lawyer.

Officials quote Barker as saying she fell asleep while visiting another officer, as her 3-year-old daughter sat in a running patrol car. The child was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at a hospital. The Long Beach Board of Aldermen on Tuesday fired Barker and the other officer, Sgt. Clark Ladner.

Officials don't plan to charge Ladner.

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