Deputy: Mother will be charged in death of child left in car

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JACKSON, Miss. - A former Mississippi police officer will face criminal charges in the death of her 3-year-old daughter, who authorities say was left alone in a parked patrol car for four hours last week, a law enforcement official said.

Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass told The Associated Press on Wednesday that officials plan to charge Cassie Barker with manslaughter as soon as she is released from a hospital, possibly as soon as Thursday. It's unclear if Barker has a lawyer to speak for her. Officials have said she was hospitalized because of the emotional shock of the child's death.

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