Former police officer charged with manslaughter cannot own guns

Former police officer charged with manslaughter cannot own guns

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - Following admission to Merit Health Center for mental health treatment, a judge has ruled that former Long Beach Police Officer Cassie Barker cannot access firearms.

Barker, who has been denied a preliminary hearing, is charged with manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old daughter; Cheyenne Hyer. The toddler died on Sept. 30, 2016 after being left in the Barker's patrol car.

According to a court document, Barker was recently admitted to the hospital following a "mental health incident where she was found ill with multiple firearms by the Pass Christian Police Department." During the incident, police recovered a Glock 9 mm, a Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun, and a Mossberg .30-06 rifle.

The court was informed that Barker's treatment suggests that she not have access to firearms while the case is pending. As a result, the court granted the motion to modify the conditions of Barker's bond.

The former police officer cannot purchase or possess any guns "unless and until she is acquitted in this matter." The guns removed from Barker's possession were released to her attorney, Donald Rafferty.

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