Mother who Left One-Year-Old Daughter To Die in Hot Car While She Got Her Hair Done Told the Hairdresser She Was in ‘No Rush’


A 25-year-old woman charged in the death of her one-year-old daughter told her hairdresser that there was ‘no rush’ and she could ‘take your time’ while her toddler was left to die in the inside of a car whose temperature reached 129 degrees, prosecutors said on Friday.

Dijanelle Fowler was denied bond on Friday by a judge in a DeKalb County, Georgia courtroom, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

She faces a second-degree murder charge for the death of one-year-old Skylar Fowler.

While Fowler was getting her hair braided at a local salon, her toddler was locked inside of her vehicle for six hours as the heat index (a measurement which combines air temperature and humidity) climbed to 150.

Police say Dijanelle Fowler arrived for her hair appointment in Tucker, Georgia at 10.04am on June 15, and left her one-year-old daughter Skylar in the car with the air conditioning on.

But soon after she entered the salon, the car died and baby Skylar was left to bake in the hot vehicle for six hours without her mother going to check in on her once.

While inside the salon, Skylar reportedly told the hair stylist: ‘Take your time.’

She also said there was ‘no rush’ since she had put her baby in day care.

Fowler traveled to the area from her home in South Carolina. She said she was in town for a job interview.

A relative Fowler had been staying with stopped by the salon while she was being braided. Fowler told the relative that Skylar was with a friend.

Surveillance video shows Fowler returning to her car at 4pm, at which point she didn’t call police, but got a man at the salon’s help in restarting her car.

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