Cheyenne Hyer's father plans to sue Long Beach PD, state CPS - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

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Cheyenne Hyer's father plans to sue Long Beach PD, state CPS

Ryan and Cheyenne Hyer (Photo source: WLOX) Ryan and Cheyenne Hyer (Photo source: WLOX)
LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) -

The father of the little girl who died after being left in her mother's police car plans to sue the City of Long Beach and the Mississippi Department of Child Protective Services.

A letter from Ryan Hyer's attorney points to 'wrongful actions' by the city and state that ultimately led to the death of Cheyenne Hyer. Hyer plans to sue for $2 million plus additional damages.

Cheyenne's mother, Cassie Barker, is charged in the child's death and was fired from the Long Beach Police Department shortly after the 3-year-old's death on Sept. 30.

Hyer's attorney, Dianne Ellis, said the father was never notified Barker had been investigated by Child Protective Services for allegedly leaving Cheyenne alone in a vehicle in Gulfport. The letter alleges CPS also failed to report to Hyer that his daughter was the subject of a CPS investigation.

The letter goes on to accuse Chief Wayne McDowell and other officers with the Long Beach Police Department of covering up information in the case.

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