Mum charged with murder after ‘leaving baby in a hot car for five hours’

A mum has been charged with murder after leaving her baby in a roasting hot car for five hours – three years after she was accused of doing the same thing with her other child.

Ivy Lynn Lee, 22, has been booked for second degree murder and possession of weed after leaving six-month-old Rissa in the SUV while she was at work on Sunday, according to cops in Louisiana, in the United States.

She had reportedly flagged down police and told them Rissa was not breathing. The baby was later pronounced dead in hospital.

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She initially told detectives that Rissa wasn’t in her care, but then later admitted she’d left the poor child in the vehicle for five hours.

Investigators believe her actions were intentional.

“You put a baby inside a car with the windows rolled up and that’s a recipe for disaster,” said Chief Deputy Gary “Stitch” Guillory, of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office.

“She knew that baby was in the car and she chose to go to work for an entire shift. There is no excuse.

“She claims she left the car running at first, but then a co-worker told her that her car was running outside, and she didn’t realise it and went out there and just turned the car off.

“There is no excuse. She was charged with second-degree murder, and we feel that it was done intentionally.”

The sheriff’s office has now confirmed that authorities had previous contact with the Lake Charles mum after she was accused of abandoning daughter Avereigh, who is now three, in a sweltering car back in 2019, reports WAFB9.

No action against Lee was taken on that occasion because she gave Avereigh up.

Referring to the 2019 incident, Mr Guillory said: “The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was involved in the case.

“They were called out but during the course of the investigation, the mother voluntarily gave us that baby before the state had to get involved.

“That baby was given to a family member so there was never another follow-up.”

In a statement, the DCFS told WAFB9: “We can confirm we were involved with this family in 2019. When DCFS closed its case that child was living with a family member.

“A search of our records did not produce any records of the six-month-old child until after her death on August 14, 2022, when we were notified of the fatality.

“DCFS’s continued involvement with any family is limited by its legal authority and is specific to the facts of each case.”

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To mark Mother’s Day this year, Lee – who is now behind bars on a £1million bond – wrote a Facebook post aimed at her two kids, reports the Daily Mail.

“Being a mother is definitely not easy but the love you receive from your kids is unconditional.

“I can't spend today with the amazing little girl that made me a mother but [I know] she feels me every day.

“Ave, my oldest, you'll always have the biggest part of my heart no matter what anybody tells you.

“And Rissa, my youngest, [I know] you would love ya sister if you ever got the chance to meet her.”


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