Police: 2-year-old girl left in car, dad charged with murder

This photo provided by Baltimore Police Department shows Wilber Carter. Carter has been charged with murder and child abuse after police say he passed out after drinking, leaving his 2-year-old daughter strapped into a car seat for more than 16 hours on an 89-degree day. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been charged with murder and child abuse after police say he passed out after drinking on Father’s Day, leaving his 2-year-old daughter strapped into a car seat for more than 16 hours on an 89-degree day.

Police say paramedics found 2-year-old Leasia Carter unconscious and suffering from second-degree burns Monday evening in northeast Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Charging documents state that 31-year-old Wilber Carter told detectives he had been drinking Sunday, while caring for his daughter. But, he told officers, when he woke up Monday afternoon he didn’t remember where his car was parked or his daughter’s whereabouts. He later found her unconscious in the car. No attorney is listed for Carter in online court records.

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