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Mother Sentenced To Prison After 1-Year-Old Baby Died In Hot Car While She Was Getting Her Hair Done

A 25-year-old mother was sentenced to 15 years in prison and five years probation on Wednesday. Dijanelle Fowler left her 1-year-old daughter, Skylar, in a vehicle for six hours while she had hair done on June 15 last year.

Fowler pled guilty to 2nd-degree murder and concealing a death on Wednesday. 

Fowler addressed the court during the hearing, stating, "God blessed me to have a little girl after I broke my neck and was told I
would never have children and that little girl became my everything. I understand the decision you have to make."

Dijanelle left her baby daughter in her vehicle on one of the hottest days in the summer. She later insisted that she left the car running and the air conditioner on while she visited the salon.

The baby apparently died at some point as the temperature in the car rose to around 129 degrees that day.

DeKalb County Police revealed that Fowler gave them three different statements about what happened that day.

Surveillance video showed that Fowler returned to her car after the lengthy salon visit, but did not appear to be in a panic. She calmly asked someone inside the salon if they could help her jumpstart the vehicle.

Authorities revealed that Fowler had searched the internet for "signs of a seizure", before calling and texting her Godfather saying she was not feeling well. 

Fowler then went to an Emory medical facility and called 911 from there, saying she was having a seizure. Skylar's body was found in the back seat.

Skyler's father, Louis Williams, opened up about learning the tragic news. 

Following the sentencing, Fowler addressed the court.

She stated, "If I could trade my life right now to have her here, even just for a day, I would. And any person inside or outside this courtroom that tries to deny the love I had for my daughter did not know me and did not know the relationship that I had with her."

Per local Atlanta ABC-affiliate WSB-TV:

Dijanelle Fowler broke down in a DeKalb County court Wednesday as she pleaded guilty to 2nd degree murder. “God blessed me to have a little girl, and that little girl became my everything,” Fowler told the judge. The 25-year-old began to sob as she told the judge about her regrets from the day Sklylar Fowler died.

Fowler left the child in the back of her car for more than 5 hours while she was at a hair appointment at this Tucker salon in June 2017. The judge said she believed Fowler was a good mother who made a horrible mistake. “This has been indicted as gross negligence. The state has never said this was an intentional killing,” said Judge Linda Hunter

But the baby’s father, Louis Williams, gave a different story. He told the court Fowler was a bad mom, who refused to take responsibility for the crime.

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