Former cop waives arraignment in child's death case
By Dwayne Bremer
Dec 6, 2017, 11:25
Former Long Beach police officer Cassie Barker on Monday waived an arraignment hearing in her second-degree murder case.
Barker, 27, was indicted in September on one count of second-degree murder in connection with the death of her daughter, Cheyenne Hyer, in September 2016.
Authorities said that on Sept. 30, 2016, Baker had worked the evening shift at LBPD and then traveled to a co-worker's home in Kiln once her shift was over.
Barker apparently left the child inside her police cruiser and went inside the home and fell asleep, authorities said.
Several hours later, Cheyenne was discovered unresponsive in the back of the car. She later died at the hospital. Barker was arrested the following week and posted a $50,000 bond.
She was originally charged with manslaughter; however, the grand jury decided to upgrade the charge to second-degree murder, which carries a stronger potential sentence.
Monday's hearing was Barker's first in circuit court. Local attorney Damien Holcomb is representing her.
Circuit Court Judge Roger Clark set a trial date of April 2 in the case.