DiJanelle Fowler

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - DeKalb County Police say a child died after being left in hot car while her mother was inside of a hair salon.

Dijanelle Fowler, 25, is facing numerous charges, including second-degree murder after leaving her one-year-old daughter Skylar Fowler in a hot car for six hours on June 15.

According to the arrest warrant, Fowler arrived for her hair appointment at the Northlake Festival shopping plaza in Tucker around 10 a.m. At 4 p.m., and left her daughter in the car with the air conditioning on.

But soon after she entered the salon, the car died and baby Skylar was left in the hot car for six hours without her mother going to check in on her once.
 
Surveillance video shows Fowler returning to her car at 4pm, at which point she didn't call police, but got a man at the hair salon to jump start the vehicle, according to the arrest warrant.

Police believe that at this point, Fowler's daughter was already dead, and that she may have hidden the body from the man helping to jump start her car with clothes she had in the car.

'Between 4 and 4:54 (p.m.) she texted the child’s godfather that she was going to go to an urgent care for headaches,' a detective wrote. '(Fowler) also Googled about signs of seizures.'

Police believe Fowler then drove to Emory University Hospital, where she called 911 from a parking garage around 4.54pm, reporting an unconscious woman.

Police say Fowler's one-year-old baby daughter Skylar died after her mother left her in a hot car for six hours while she got her hair done (mother and daughter above)

Police say Fowler's one-year-old baby daughter Skylar died after her mother left her in a hot car for six hours while she got her hair done (mother and daughter above)

Police believe Fowler meant to leave the air conditioning on for the girl, but the car died and she never went to check on her during the six-hour appointment (mother and daughter above)

Police believe Fowler meant to leave the air conditioning on for the girl, but the car died and she never went to check on her during the six-hour appointment (mother and daughter above)

Officers reported to the scene and found Fowler 'unconscious' and baby Skylar dead in the car.

At the time,  Captain Jerry A. Lewis of the homicide squad said they believed Fowler had suffered a seizure, and that her daughter had died after, while trapped in the car.

But a medical examiner later determined that the girl had been dead for much longer.

Police were finally able to come up with the correct timeline by reviewing surveillance footage and Fowler's Google searches.

In early July, investigators had enough to arrest Fowler, but she had fled town.

They say she traveled to South Carolina, New Jersey and Florida before turning herself into authorities on Monday.

She has been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree cruelty to children and concealing death. She is being held without bond at the Dekalb County Jail.

Because investigators believe that Fowler did not mean to kill her daughter, she's only being charged with second-degree murder, and not first-degree murder. 

According to baby Skylar's obituary, she was from Charleston, South Carolina and is survived by her parents, Louis R. Williams II and Fowler.

 
 
 
 

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