Cerebral Palsy patient left in hot care for hours, caretaker accused of murder

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Aug. 24 2021, Published 2:51 p.m. ET

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A caretaker left a woman with cerebral palsy in a hot car for five hours leading to the victim’s death, authorities stated. Now, police say they have charged the caregiver with murder.

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Police in High Point, North Carolina, announced they arrested Briea D. Askew, 29, for second-degree murder on Aug. 23. She is currently being held in the Guilford County jail on $200,000 bond.

On Aug. 10, High Point police responded to a hospital for a death investigation.

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They learned the 21-year-old victim was brought to the hospital with a body temperature of more than 110 degrees, according to High Point police. The victim was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The victim had cerebral palsy and was with her caretaker, Askew, before coming to the hospital.

Investigators determined the victim was left outside in an unattended vehicle for about five hours, according to police. The excessive heat and humidity contributed to the victim’s death.

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