Emma Leigh Barker
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lano...oddler-wa.htmlA toddler whose mother said the girl had been abducted during a violent attack was dumped near a San Fernando Valley freeway, according to L.A. County sheriff's homicide detectives who are investigating the 18-month-old girl's death.
Authorities said the body was dumped near the 5 Freeway sometime in the last 24 hours. The Sheriff's Department spent most of last night trying to find the child. But detectives found several inconsistencies in the mother's story and received information that suggested Emma Leigh Barker was in Mission Hills and was dead.
The mother is cooperating with investigators and is not now a suspect. But Lt. Pat Nelson told reporters that might change as the investigation continues.
Stacy Barker told detectives that she was at Lancaster City Park on Wednesday sometime after 5 p.m. placing her daughter in a car seat and was knocked unconscious after hitting her head on the steering wheel.
She told detectives that she awoke about 10:30 p.m., slumped over in the seat of her car at a Palmdale park-and-ride, and discovered Emma was missing. The mother's brother called authorities, and deputies were dispatched to the Avenue S Park-n-Ride.
Deputies found the mother semiconscious and partly undressed with visible contusions on her head, officials said.