Tuesday, April 28, 2009
18-month-old Emma Barker was apparently suffocated by her mother, Stacey, as far as authorities can determine. Authorities also believe little Emma died at least four or five hours before her mother reported the child missing.
Barker, 24, is charged with one count each of murder, assault on a child causing death and child abuse.
Authorities say it appeared the girl's body, showed no visible signs of trauma.
Coroners conducted an autopsy and other tests to determine the cause of death, but the findings have been temporarily sealed at the request of detectives investigating the case.
Barker was arrested last Thursday because of indications she might be a flight risk and disappear. She is being held on $1 million bail.
Barker is scheduled to be arraigned May 11, in Lancaster.
The Press Enterprise