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NC woman charged with murder of cerebral palsy patient after she left her in hot car

Briea Askew, 29, was charged with second-degree murder after leaving the patient who was in her care inside of a vehicle unattended for five hours
UPDATED AUG 25, 2021
Briea Askew, 29, was charged with second-degree murder (High Point Police Department)
Briea Askew, 29, was charged with second-degree murder (High Point Police Department)

HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA: Briea Askew, 29, was charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of a patient, a 21-year-old woman, of Jamestown with cerebral palsy on Monday, August 23. According to cops, the caretaker left her patient unattended in a hot car. The incident took place on August 10.

Authorities noted that the woman’s temperature rose to more than 110 degrees as she stayed in the car, which did not have air conditioning. There have been similar incidents involving caretakers in the past. A five-year-old girl in Georgia, Savannah Adams was allegedly murdered by her caretaker. A North Dakota 15-month-old died because she was allegedly tortured and sexually abused by her caretaker in November last year. A four-year-old girl was allegedly 'killed brutally' after suffering 'horrific' abuse at the hands of her caretaker in Philadelphia.


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According to High Point Police Department, the victim was brought to the Wake Forest Baptist High Point Hospital with an extremely elevated temperature of over 110 degrees and was declared dead shortly after. Police arrived at the hospital at 2:30 pm that day for a death investigation. Reports note that "excessive heat and humidity contributed to the victim's death, along with the vehicle not having air conditioning".

Askew of Greensboro was arrested and charged in the case. Askew is being held at the High Point Detention Center, under a $200,000 secured bond. As of now, no information about the victim's identity or her family is known.