DECATUR, Ga. — A woman accused of leaving her toddler in a hot car during a hair appointment at a Georgia salon has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the child’s death.

The mother, 25-year-old Dijanelle Fowler, entered the plea last Thursday in a DeKalb County courtroom.

Authorities said Fowler left her 1-year-old daughter, Skylar, in the car for several hours while she was getting her hair braided in a salon in Tucker on June 15.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the temperature inside the car rose to 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius).

Fowler has said she left the air conditioning running in the car, but a prosecutor told a judge at a previous hearing that investigators have no evidence to back up that claim.


This story has been corrected to reflect that woman entered her not guilty plea last Thursday, not Monday.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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