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Nashville Police give new timeline leading up to 1-year-old girl's death in hot truck

(Metro Nashville Police Department)

Metro Nashville Police said the little girl's father was running late when the child was left in a hot pickup truck on Wednesday.

Katera Barker died after she was left inside a pickup truck at the family's East Nashville home on Wednesday. Police called the child's death a tragic accident, and there are no charges presently filed against the parents.

Matt Barker, the child's adoptive father, did not stop at her daycare on Wednesday morning, according to a new timeline from the MNPD.

Police said either Matt or his wife would typically take Katera and her 5-year-old sister to a daycare facility on Chapel Avenue. From there, the 5-year-old sister would ride a shuttle to her elementary school.

On Wednesday, police said Matt Barker was running late and left the home on Virginia Avenue before 7:30 a.m. to drive directly to the elementary school. After dropping his 5-year-old daughter off at school, Barker drove directly home and did not stop at the daycare.

Police said he parked the truck in the driveway when he got home. Shortly after, he took a ride sharing service to the airport to fly out of town on a business trip.

Katera's adoptive mother found her in the car seat when she got home around 5:45 p.m. Police said she called 911, took Katera out of the car seat and began CPR until medics arrived.

The little girl was transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival. The adoptive father flew back into Nashville Wednesday night. Police said he and his wife have been fully cooperative with the investigation.

The District Attorney's Office is aware of the case and is following detectives' work in the investigation.

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