- Associated Press - Monday, November 6, 2017

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - 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.

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

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

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