Greensboro woman charged with murder after person with cerebral palsy left in hot car for about 5 hours

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Briea Askew, of Greensboro, is charged with second-degree murder.

Briea Askew. (Courtesy of WGHP)

HIGH POINT, N.C. (WGHP) — A Greensboro woman was charged with second-degree murder after a woman with cerebral palsy was left in a hot car for around five hours and died in a hospital on Aug. 10, according to a High Point Police Department news release.

On Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m., officers responded to the Wake Forest Baptist Health High Point Medical Center in reference to a death investigation.

During the investigation, it was determined that the victim, a 21-year-old woman from Jamestown, was brought to the hospital with an extremely elevated temperature of over 110 degrees. She died a short time later.

The victim was a cerebral palsy patient and was in the care of Briea Askew, 29, of Greensboro.

The HPDP Special Victim’s Unit responded and began investigating.

During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim was left outside in a vehicle unattended for around five hours.

Excessive heat and humidity contributed to the death along with the vehicle not having air conditioning.

Askew was charged and arrested for second-degree murder on Tuesday and is currently being held in the Guilford County Jail under a $200,000 secured bond.

Anyone with information about violent crime or illegal activity is asked to contact Crime Stoppers of High Point at (336) 889-4000 or Download the P3 mobile app for IOS or Android.

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