Fowler, who was in town from South Carolina for a job interview, told employees at the salon the child was at day care. At one point, a relative who she’d been staying with stopped by the salon. Fowler told her the child was with a friend, Racine said.
Dijanelle and Skylar Fowler in an April 28, 2017 Facebook photo
Fowler has said she left the air condition running in the car, which police have also said is also their understanding. But the prosecutor told the judge the state actually has no evidence of that.
Defense attorney Charles Brant said it’s clear the air conditioning is why the car’s battery died, leading Fowler to need help getting it jump started.
In the process of the jump, Racine said, the mother seemed calm and collected and told no one of Skylar’s condition. She later drove to Emory University Hospital.
The child's father, Louis Williams II, joined with the prosecution in asking that bond be denied. Williams, an Air Force reservist who left court quickly, previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution he had chosen to forgive Fowler but didn't want to comment on the charges.
Louis Williams II with daughter Skylar Fowler before the Air Force reservist deployed to the Middle East in March.
It was Williams, who had been deployed in the Middle East when his daughter died, who told investigators Fowler had confessed to him. She had previously given several false accounts of what happened, a detective testified in a previous hearing.
Judge Kiesha R. Storey said she chose to deny bond because Fowler has almost no ties to DeKalb County and presents a “flight risk.”
A prosecutor said Dijanelle Fowler, 25, lied about her baby's death. He said she gave three false accounts to protect herself. After those, the prosecutor said, she broke down and told the baby's father what happened. Dijanelle left her baby, Skylar, 1, in the car in June for six hours, investigators believe. They say she was getting her hair done. Dijanelle showed no visible reaction to testimony during her hearing.