child dies in hot car

Sandrarose.com readers expressed outrage and skepticism after a Nashville man mistakenly left his black adopted daughter in a hot vehicle in Tennessee.

Metro Nashville Police say Matt Barker, who is Caucasian, dropped off Katera Barker and her 5-year-old sibling at a daycare on Wednesday morning. He then drove home and left his vehicle parked outside in the hot sun while he took a car service to the airport for a business trip.

Barker later said he didn't realize he left Katera strapped in a carseat in the vehicle.

Katera's adoptive mother, Jenny Barker, arrived at the daycare to pick up the children around 5 p.m., but she was told Matt did not drop Katera off that morning.

Panicked, Jenny called 911 and raced back home where she discovered Katera unresponsive in the backseat of the vehicle.

Jenny pulled the infant out of the vehicle and performed CPR until the medics arrived and transported the toddler to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Police say the incident is being investigated as a tragic accident. No charges are expected.

This case in no way compares to the Hart 6 case in California, where a white adoptive mother, Jennifer Hart, intentionally drove her six adopted children off a cliff amid allegations of child abuse and neglect.

  • Rayne

    ??

  • FukkFolks2018

    this is sad. but I read the other day when this happened that almost all kid left in the car cases happen in the south, and almost all of them are left by a dad. hardly ever the mom.

    RIP to this baby. Its sad all the way around.

  • Faithz

    Lord Have Mercy!

  • Faithz

    God's Little Angel now, She will grow up in Heaven, and don't want to come back to this Old Mean World for Nothing.

  • RaginB

    I don’t get how you forgot her when you had ANOTHER sittin right next to her...

  • cherrypie

    Wow...how do you drop off one child at the daycare and they go to the SAME daycare. Walk only one child into the daycare and say goodbye to only one child. Then gets back in the car and drives all the way home only to leave town and never once thought once about your other child.??? This makes no sense. Detectives are not to bright these days. What's amazing is you NEVER hear about parents leaving children in the car in the winter. RIH Sweetheart!

  • cherrypie

    Exactly!!!!! FOH!!!!!

  • Yui

    I don’t understand how people can leave small children in cars like this. My heart broke when I read this yesterday. When I get my financial footing, I’m adopting.

  • sunni_daze

    Murderer. He did it on purpose this is what they do on the yearly basis, the minute it get hot they start leaving babies in hot cars. Lock his ass in a hot car in AZ and let him roast.

  • sunni_daze

    It was intentional.

  • xenaD

    Right?! I’m shocked the day care workers didn’t ask! Smh. That’s crazy and weird and ???(able)

  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    No charges expected? This animal should get the full Justin Ross Harris treatment.

  • Khaliah

    I always feel these "forgot they were in the backseat cases" are deliberately done, even if not intentional, because they rarely happen in the winter time. People don't forget their children in the back seat until it's 90 degrees in the shade.

  • Dee
  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_
  • Allergic2dumbstuff

    If a dog was left in the car I bet charges would have been filed immediately. No investigation needed.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    ABC cancelled Roseanne. I'm reading she called a black lady an ape on Twitter??? Wanda Sykes supposedly quit the show as producer, but doesn't matter, ABC cancelled them.

    Topic: white folks, y'all already get a pass to do what you want to black folks. Stop adopting/fostering and killing these innocent black children.

  • tintin

    Not only that you have to put the baby in the car, strap the baby in, look in the rearview but you forget the baby..how???? i will never understand

  • iWasteTime

    Nah.
    He has to do time. Like all the other parents who accidently did the same thing

  • Kemi

    How u gonna forget one child but remember the other one, dropping both of them off at the same spot. Parked his truck at the airport and didn’t get this luggage or look inside the car to see if it’s secured? So, the baby was quiet throughout the car ride... If this does not speak deliberate, don’t know what else.

  • BeUtFullSoul

    SAD.

  • justlooking

    @disqus_wWEwvYzy2i:disqus - Yes, I agree most of the cases are dads, because they are not the primary caregiver and they often forget. I'm not saying this is the reason in this case.

    But in this damn case, what was he thinking. The day care didn't say where is lil Katera.. His business was probably to see some pussie.

  • Blak

    murderers...stop giving white people access to black babies

  • FukkFolks2018

    This.

  • Renee26

    RIP to this baby

  • FukkFolks2018

    My ex BIL by accident locked my now 31 yo sleeping nephew in the car in 1988. the damn car was STILL running (winter). My mama and my sister took their ear-rangs off just like this. I was 11. I put my sneakers on. Fool about to have to rumble with the WHOLE FAM.

  • Blue

    This is just ... smh.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    What about blacks stop producing more babies than we can nurture?

  • justlooking

    wasn't it against Valerie Jarrett? Obama's left hand.

  • cherrypie

    I was just going to post something about that. Bravo to ABC!! They should have cancelled that show. I have heard of RB saying some really racist stuff in the past too. Glad it caught up to her. Valerie Jarrett was the senior advisor to President Obama.

  • Tammie Reed

    I'm SO SICK of hearing about these kind of stories, come on now!!! May she RIP. This is a damn shame...Smh!

  • cherrypie

    Yep. Trump got yt folks thinking they can say anything about us. smh

  • cherrypie

    And you know this!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Crap happens.
    I am just glad that I am not a parent.

  • justlooking

    Yeah, it's so much news and social media. It's har to keep up with all the racism.

    she called Susan Rice the same in 2013

  • Logan Roberts

    So sad ?. They need tougher laws because these so called "accidents" always seems to happen in the summer time.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Racism WILL NOT be tolerated that's why ABC just cancelled the revived series Roseanne!

  • justlooking

    once I was pumping gas and mad a mistake and locked the doors with my 3 year in the car. I damn near LOST my entire mind.

    I CALLED 911 immediately, they were like we may have to break the glass, my response was cut that sucka up...Just get him out. They got the lock popped within 2 minutes. I ain't never get gas again with him in the car.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Rosie been saying anything about blacks, Jews, Asians, Muslims, etc way before Trump even took office. She been outta line since 1989. Why they even brung her ass back I do not know.

  • justlooking

    Racism and sexism is tolerated, which is why she said. Folks is starring to realize how much black dollars matter.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    That MF jumps fly out that sh*thole he calls a mouth so much and nothing has happened to him. All his followers have gotten comfortable just like him, doing as he says & does.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/aa0fea11f80b6ea014c6a8404c51fb45d4ac4db4c46814671ee1a7f204c1dde5.gif

  • JV

    I don't know why they put up with her for this long, or why it took them so long to cancel. This isn't the first time she's done something stupid, insensitive, or racist, or all three at once. It's like they waited to see if maybe this would die down. Bad move, belies some of their execs true motives and intentions.

  • FukkFolks2018

    ABC will tolerate it. Disney will not. That is the only reason why I think they canceled it.

  • HoneyyGoodMoneyy_

    these hands gon be RATED E for EVERYBODY .. ok !

  • SpillyNillie

    Sooooo you normally drop two children off at day care at the same place, same gotdamn time, 5 days a week and you didn't notice that one didn't enter the daycare with you???? BULLSHIT!!!! You loaded two children in the car but didn't notice that you only took one kid out?????? BULLSHIT!!!!

  • JV

    Disney has made an effort to be more inclusive and I do appreciate that. Not coincidentally, it's also improved the quality of the product. But ABC, I think, was waiting to see how bad this was going to get. It's doesn't matter what their values are or what they personally care about; they were just worried about the backlash. They just lost Shonda to Netflix so you can tell they were weighing their options with this one.

  • BadAss Will

    much as i know this site support Trump im glad trashy Roseanne is exposed ??

  • FukkFolks2018

    My sister thought he was kidding when he walked back in and was like I done fukked up. I done locked the baby in the car. My daddy jumped up and went outside in his bedroom shoes to investigate. No coat. I dont even recall why we were all gathered, bc my parents were well divorced by then, why BIL felt the need to take the then baby out in the cold etc if we were ALL there. And BAY-BEE...when my mama came around that corner like whatchu say? The baby is where nah?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/691d2757a27d1b5233983eb9e8529acc39a7e0f9ecdc1e4dd89da14f6c40fee8.gif .

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I agree. I refuse to believe people simply "forget" to take babies out of cars.

  • SDot

    They better put him under the jail.
    My heart just sinked.

  • FukkFolks2018

    ABC, I think, was waiting to see how bad this was going to get.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^
    ALL OF THIS. They are also trying to get the rights back to Monday Night Football I read not too long ago. ESPN only has the rights til 2021 and the bidding starts literally now. ABC doesnt care about black people.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yes it was.

  • cherrypie

    Remember the case when that black mother was arrested for leaving her kids in the car while going on a job interview cause she had no one to watch them and couldn't afford daycare. They were'nt harmed or anything but this man can leave his black adoptive daughter in the car and no one blinks an eye??? Black lives literally do not matter ya'll. Somebody check the insurance policy thats all im saying.

  • Ruth

    No he killed her

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Yes. I think she's doing time.

  • Question Everything

    How do you forget one but not the other?

  • Karen Brady

    Hmmmmm. True.... I never noticed that until now. Always (mostly? only?) in the summer. I feel like mostly in the south too.

  • Karen Brady

    All of this. I love bambinos and bambinas but I am enough to handle on my own. Shyt I was kicking myself when I left milk and a package of ground turkey in the car for a whole afternoon.

  • KiMi0414

    I just don’t understand how you forget a child, YOUR child in a car. I’m by no means a perfect mom but I have NEVER forgotten my son was in the car. I purposely sit him on the passenger side so I can see him out of the corner of my eye when I drive. And when I get out of my car I have to pass the backseat to get to where I’m going. Something isn’t adding up. SMH

  • Dowoop

    While it doesn't compare it doesn't make him any less of a piece of shit. How you taking 2 kids to the same daycare and don't realize you only drop one off.

  • Karen Brady

    About to puke I am

  • Karen Brady

    LMAOOOOOOO

  • Karen Brady

    You know what...

  • Mec-One

    18 yrs probation she got

  • Karen Brady

    "And BAY-BEE...when my mama came around that corner like whatchu say? The baby is where nah?"
    I CAN'T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm *CRINE*

  • Gamer?? Chick

    Ugh do I see corn LOL.

  • MJ

    Agreed..and I hate to accuse anyone of something so evil without concrete proof but how can this be accidental when another child was removed

  • Karen Brady

    Yes he should. The jury did right by that perverted baby killer. Shocked his fat white azz.

  • sunni_daze

    When it comes to leaving a child in a hot car, it can't be nothing but intentional. Who forgets a who living human being in the back seat.

  • Karen Brady

    My bro and his wife had 5 kids and one day went to the movies. At the ticket window they did their usual 'kid count' and realized the baby was left in the car. They went and got that little sucker (I love how the 9 and 11 yr olds didn't even notice or mention that they left that little sucker behind:-). Alls well ends well in that case. People need to have a ritual of some sort, that may help. I like that the Waze app and I'm sure plenty of others has a reminder you can use and customize.

  • Karen Brady

    I totally agree about the passenger side.

  • Mec-One

    I don't give a dayum ...... black white son daughter niece nephew cousin adopted foster step whatever ....... it's 2018 and if you leave a kid in the car you're sitting in a cell no explanation or lawyer can save you

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I have an SUV and a pound of ground beef accidently slipped between the seats.
    After I cleaned out my SUV I was pissed that I had throw away that $5.

  • DETROITTOATL

    That is pure bullshit. This man need to be punished to the fullest extent. PERIOD

  • DETROITTOATL

    This is gross but true.

  • Reina1718

    So they daycare didnt ask for the other child? Out of curiosity? Or the 5yr old like Dad u forgot the baby!!! Gtfoh

  • MJ

    I hear you but I do believe it can happen accidentally. There’s been cases where it genuinely seemed accidental..absent mindedness, too much going on and change of routine can bring about a tragedy like this, but in this case I believe it was intentional

  • Vonn

    This is exactly what I came in here to say. The daycare folks didn't ask is Katera ok? The dad took one entire kid into daycare without the other. This is some bull. The adoptive dad should be thrown into a firepit.

  • Vonn

    RIP baby girl.

  • Ms. Jackson

    I'm sorry to say this. But WHITE PEOPLE, LEAVE US THE F#&* ALONE! ADOPT YOUR OWN KIND.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Chile first off I’m back after having to accept the terms and conditions and sign over my privacy rights to comment ? oh and being told that whatever I post is being saved ? so with that being said I read this story the other day I was hoping auntie would post about it there is no way this man dropped off one child and forgot the other I’m sure that child made a noise or something going to and from let’s just say the child was sleep you telling me that he took one child out the car laid eyes on the second child (had to in order to get the first one out the car) and by the time he got one child inside he forgot about the other! Further that scenario wouldn’t make sense because nobody takes one child out of a car while leaving another child unattended when you are dropping them off in the same place! He purposely killed this child and I wonder if the child that didn’t get forgotten was their biological child ? I’m so sick of this.

  • Drea982

    It's not even a little baby that could possibly be sleep. It's a child old enough to talk and make noise. WTF?

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com/ Ms.Devereaux

    Right!!! And why would you leave one child in a car unattended to take another inside a daycare that you dropping hem both off at? And most kids that age are on a routine of the routine is to drop the child off at daycare at a certain time most likely they not sleep they up and ready to go and for the ones that don’t like to get dropped off they up and crying the whole way there. He is a dam lie and so is his wife thetnkilled that baby and an autopsy needs to be done!!!! If she died from heat then he still did it on purpose to most likely cover up abuse!

  • Jennifer

    Absolutley!!! I'm getting sick of this shit. I can't wait for the Sun to do its duty and cleanse the Earth of all the filthy, mutant beings. I know HIS prophecy will come at HIS will, but haven't we suffered enough?

  • sunni_daze

    I'm a mother and before I forget my child anywhere, I'll forget my keys, my purse and my wallet, but never my child . There is NO room to be absent minded when your a parent and if that's they case, they shouldn't have kids.

  • missmiami305

    So sad! What a beautiful little girl. Now she’s an angel with wings.

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    Yes, I believe so... eeeek!

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond
  • Rere

    Okay, soooo...why didn't the daycare wonder where the daughter was/call considering they normally go together?!???

    White people should not be able to adopt black kids!

  • RespectSelf

    wow this is sad.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Police say the incident is being investigated as a tragic accident. No charges are expected.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Of course no charges will be filed. It's an 'accident'? How about negligence at least?? He makes a 'mistake', a baby dies and that's it??? Business as usual???

  • 90’sBawdy

    Agreed...this is very perplexing ?

  • Quitedeliteful

    whatchu say? The baby is where nah?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!!! Mama was not playing!!!

  • Ejai

    They need to start charging these parents! Maybe that'll help them remember!

  • Prettybrowneyes

    ? lmao

  • A J

    Put the cell phone in the back seat beside the baby

  • FukkFolks2018

    My mama still will flip over one of her kids or grandkids. She is THAT mama. STILL. 68 years young and will square up?. She had BIL in there stuttering that day. Weee-wee gonna..get him out. Don't wahhhwahhhworry. My mama sitting at the table like?

  • Junkanoo

    Children need more rights they never get justice in the court room not just here in America but globally .

  • Rico768

    NO WAY YOU CAN FOrGET YOUR KID>
    I am constantly aware of where my lil ones are, like automatic. Are there lil hands in my hand, its like a second nature.
    I do not understand how people go hours not realizing there child is not with them..I just do not understand,

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It is possible that he did forget the baby because, subconsciously, he had zero emotional attachment to the child. I wonder if he parked the vehicle in that same spot every day.

  • Allihave2say

    Let me tell you this, I own a daycare. If one sibling comes in without the other I ask the parent where the missing child is. I question if the child is sick, with family, at the doctor or what.

    I'll never forget the story on Law & Order SVU where the white folks adopted a black kid, got insurance, hired an Aryan gang member from he prison where the dad worked to kill the child and make it look like a hate crime for insurance money.

    When Trump ran for President there was an Alt right white couple who adopted a little black girl on tv discussing their racist views. I felt so sorry for what I know is happening to that little girl. They give our kids to anyone just like they did the two white women who killed six kids two months ago.

    All I want to say is they don't really care about us.

  • Allihave2say

    Hell you often look up into the rearview mirror while driving forward and he never saw the child? BS

  • Allihave2say

    Both children are below the legal age to ride in the front seat of a vehicle. Both children must be in car seats in the back seat of the vehicle. #facts. I'm sure the daycare inquired of the missing child.

  • Allihave2say

    I'm sure they did, I do every day.

  • Jethro

    Why must there be a comparison?

  • ………

    If he took the other kids to school, why wasn't she at day care? and who was suppose to keep her home at home, since he had a business trip? HOW

  • Rico768

    ding ding ding ding...exactly

  • sunni_daze

    Exactly.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I know he hurried up and got that baby outta that car!!! LOLLOLLOL!!!!

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Such a beautiful baby she was smh makes you wanna cry.

  • Crazy tee

    How can you take one child in and forget to bring the other in...it’s no got dam- accident...he meant to do it...taking too much heat from his family about her skin color...the wife was probably in on it too...

  • Such_a_fn_Lady

    I know this post is a day old, however as someone that lives in Nashville, I will shed more light on the details of that morning. I will however preface this by saying that I do not condone what he did and do feel as though he should be charged.

    Usually the children's parents drop both children off at the daycare. The older child then rides the shuttle to school. The dad was running late and therefore took the oldest directly to school, throwing him off the usual routine. As such, he forgot that the youngest still needed to go to daycare as there is usually only one drop off location.

    Is it highly possible that this was intentional? Sure. Could it have been an accident? Maybe. But the bottom line is that that child suffered all day in that hot car and suffocated. No child should have to go through that.

  • Jussjess25

    The new wave is to adopt black kids and kill them. This shit makes me sick to my stomach.

  • Jussjess25

    But he didnt forget his biological child in the car.. this is just disgusting

  • sunni_daze

    Which makes it intentional murder of a baby

  • KLo

    exactly

  • Such_a_fn_Lady

    The story that's being told on the news here in Nashville is that both children were usually dropped off at the same daycare , then the older child would catch a shuttle to her actual school. On this particular day, dad was running late and took the older child directly to school, bypassing the daycare to make sure she got to school on time. He then rushed home to get in his ride share to catch his flight out of town. Since he didn't take the older child to daycare, he somehow forgot about the younger one.

    Am I condoning it? No. Just providing details given by the police. The dad should still be charged in my eyes with the death of the baby.

  • YellowSauce

    This is why I know the process for adopting is bogus because he obviously looked good on paper but the very people that would have never left her in that car are rejected for minor b s ( on paper ) constantly

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly! I think the wive was in on it as well. Smdh

  • Trace da Ace

    omg this poor beautiful baby!!! Shit like this really tugs at my heart...damn RIP baby girl!!

  • Drea982

    Terrible! Why did you even adopt a baby to kill it? If he doesn't get prosecuted that will be ridiculous.

  • slim3542

    Ok. It's much clearer now, I can see how that unfortunate mistake came about. Thanks.

  • Drea982

    SUSPECT!