Atlanta Woman Leaves 1-Year-Old to Die in Hot Car During 6-Hour Hair Appointment

DiJanelle Etta Fowler has been charged with second-degree murder, concealing a death, and second-degree cruelty in the hot car death of her 1-year-old daughter – VIBE reports.

The 25-year-old Atlanta woman reportedly called emergency services on June 15 while in the parking deck of Emory Hospital in Atlanta. During that call, she reported the emergency with her daughter, Skylar. When responders found Fowler and her baby, the child was in the car’s backseat dead. Emergency responders treated Fowler for symptoms that resembled a seizure.

Upon investigation however, DeKalb County investigators learned what really happened that fateful day. It has been reported that Fowler actually drove around for hours with Skylar in the back of her car, dead and lifeless, with little to no concern of her daughter’s well-being – nevertheless, trying to seek medical help for the little girl.

Investigators also learned that the day and Skylar’s death occurred while Fowler was at a hair appointment at Tucker Salon. Fowler was at the salon for six hours, which meant Skylar was sitting in a hot car for that long. By the time Fowler left the salon, Skylar was found suffocated. Fowler neglected to call 911 and instead just asked for outside help with giving her car a jump.


Fowler then drove around for hours with the dead infant in the back of her car before actually stopping in the parking deck of Emory and making the emergency call to the hospital. It was also found that the woman conducted a Google search of “seizure symptoms.” It was more than likely a ruse to throw authorities off of the trail of what really went down that day.

According to WSB-TV Atlanta, Fowler was on the run before turning herself in on Monday (July 17) to the DeKalb County Jail. This was after a search was underway for her capture in Miami and all over South Carolina.

Photo Credit: Screengrab via WSB-TV Atlanta

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