The Chandler babysitter charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a toddler left inside a hot mini-van in Meeker May 26 waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday and is now set for arraignment Dec. 1.


The Chandler babysitter charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of a toddler left inside a hot mini-van in Meeker May 26 waived her right to a preliminary hearing Friday and is now set for arraignment Dec. 1.
Jessica Lorene Holmes, 21, is charged in Lincoln County District Court in connection with the death of Atrinity Marie Hasbell, 2.
The child was found dead in the back of Holmes’ minivan May 26 outside Tender Care Too day care, 511 S. Culver, in Meeker.
Holmes was supposed to have taken Atrinity, her roommate’s daughter, to day care with her own two children that day. She told police that wasn’t her regular routine and she forgot Atrinity was in the third-row seat in the back of the van. The child was found when the mothers went to pick up their children at day care and Morse discovered Atrinity wasn’t inside.
By “culpable negligence,” charges allege Holmes effected the death of Atrinity by leaving her in a parked vehicle for a prolonged period of time while temperatures outside reached 90 degrees.
Holmes was arrested June 3 after charges were filed in the case. Friday, she waived her right to a preliminary hearing, where a judge determines if there’s enough evidence for a case to proceed. Holmes is now scheduled to enter a plea in her case Dec. 1.
In August, Holmes tearfully spoke publicly about what happened in hopes no one else will have to go through the pain she or Atrinity’s family has endured.
“It really can happen to anyone...I can’t stress it enough — take safety steps to avoid it,” she said. “I wish I would have had more knowledge.”
She said since this has happened, she has learned a lot of safety precautions, such as leaving a purse, a phone or something like a Teddy Bear in the child’s car seat when not in use, then holding on to that item as a reminder until the child is taken out of the car seat.
The state medical examiner concluded the child’s cause of death was hyperthermia, which occurs when the body produces more heat than it can dissipate.
Watch for updates on this case.