A Baltimore man is charged with murder and child abuse after passing out from drinking on Father’s Day and leaving his 2-year-old daughter to die of heat in a locked car.
Baltimore police arrested Wilbert Leon Carter, 31, on Monday after his toddler daughter Leasia was found unconscious and with second-degree burns on her body, which police say she incurred from exposure in the back of a car.
Carter told the police that he’d been drinking alcohol on Sunday while looking after his infant daughter for whom he had sole parental custody. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Wilbert Leon Carter, 31, is charged with murder and child abuse after passing out from drinking on Father’s Day and leaving his 2-year-old daughter to die of heat in a locked car.
The man told the investigators that a friend had driven him back home at around midnight, but it is unclear where he went after the car was parked.
Carter eventually made his way home and woke up around 4 pm on Monday. He didn’t know where the car was parked or when he had come home, according to the authorities.
The suspect told the investigators that he asked his mother and aunt where his daughter was and the women replied that, as they saw him come home alone at around 7 am, they thought she was with Carter’s sister. Baltimore police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said:
He told investigators that he really was unsure of what happened. He was unsure until he woke up yesterday afternoon. It sounds like he retraced his steps and that’s when the discovery was found.
2. Leasia, 2, (pictured with family members) was found unconscious and with second-degree burns on her body, which police say she incurred from exposure in the back of a car.
On Monday evening, Carter’s cousin called to tell him that he’d seen the car, according to the charging documents.
Carter then went to the car to find his daughter still strapped into her car seat and unresponsive. The infant was taken to a hospital where she was later declared dead. She had been locked up in the vehicle for about 16 hours.
Carter allegedly has a history of heavy drinking, and according to the charging documents “in the past has consumed alcohol to the point of passing out”.
Online court records list no attorney for Carter who is being held at the Baltimore City Central Booking and Intake Facility.
3. A Baltimore father is charged with murder after his 2-year-old daughter left in hot car and died — an ABC 2 report.
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