Murder charge for US woman who left baby in car while at hair salon

Murder charge for US woman who left baby in car while at hair salon
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A South Carolina woman has been charged with murder after leaving her baby in a hot car for six hours while she went to the hair salon.

Daijanelle Fowler, 25, had a man help her jumpstart her vehicle when she returned from the salon, and the baby was already dead inside, police say. She had covered up the body with clothing so the man wouldn't see.

It's reported she then texted a family member to say she was going to a doctor for a headache, and googled 'seizures' before calling emergency services claiming she'd had one.

When they responded they found the baby.

Police believe she didn't intentionally leave her baby in the car, but say there are still "consequences" that come with that.

Fowler has been charged with second degree murder, cruelty to children and concealing a death.

In New Zealand, there have been similar cases of young children dying after being forgotten in cars.

In 2016, the AA responded to 800 callouts where children had been locked in cars.

Newshub.