Murder trial in Baltimore child's hot car death to begin

Wilbert Leon Carter, 31, of the 3400 block of Juneway is charged with murder of his 2-year-old daughter after she was left in a vehicle.

The murder trial of a 32-year-old Baltimore man accused of leaving his 2-year-old daughter strapped in a hot car for 16 hours after drinking last summer is set to begin with jury selection Tuesday morning.

Wilbert Carter faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, child abuse, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment charges and has been free on $250,000 bond since his arrest.


His daughter, Leasia Carter, was found on June 22, 2015 in the back of a Lincoln Town Car parked in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. She was suffering from second-degree burns and pronounced dead.

Outside temperatures that day had reached 89 degrees.


Police said last year that Carter told them he had consumed five alcoholic drinks on Sunday, and that a friend drove him and his car to his neighborhood from Dundalk around midnight. He told police he thought he had brought the girl home.

Carter woke up at 4 p.m. asking where Leasia was, and they told him they thought she was with his sister, police wrote in court documents. Carter then found the girl in the back of the vehicle.

Carter had sole custody of the girl, he told police last year.