LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - In the days following the death of 3-year-old Cheyenne Hyer, new details are emerging about the victim's mother, 27-year-old Cassie Barker.
On Wednesday, Director of Special Investigations with Child Protective Services Tonya Rogillio confirmed that CPS had an investigation open on Barker for a brief period of time in May 2015. Barker was being investigated as a result of allegations of neglect, but Rogillio would not confirm if the investigation resulted in the child being removed from the home.
Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam confirms that the 2015 CPS complaint against Barker involved leaving her child unattended in the car.
Barker and her supervisor, Officer Clark Ladner, were fired from the Long Beach Police Department on Tuesday. Officials say Barker's daughter died after being left in a patrol car for four hours.
According to Hancock County Chief Deputy Don Bass, Barker - who was reportedly hospitalized following the incident- will face manslaughter charges when she is released.
"Our guys are being very diligent, and when they have enough information on hand and we sit down and look at it," said Hancock County Sheriff Ricky Adam. "We will at that point decide where the evidence leads us and we'll go from there."
In Barker's termination letter, signed by Police Chief Wayne McDowell, the reason of termination is in part due to conduct that 'adversely affects efficiency, erodes public respect, or reduces confidence in government service is unbecoming and is prohibited.' Ladner's letter states the same reason for firing.
Both parties have 10 days to appeal, though Mayor Billy Skellie says the civil service commission has not received an appeal from neither Barker nor Ladner.
CPS is not investigating Cheyenne's death because there are no other children in the home. All records have been turned over to the Hancock County Sheriff's Department.
Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk says the state crime lab still has not determined an official cause of death.