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Judge sets bond for Vancleave mom at $50,000 in hot-car death of son

Elizabeth Barhonovich
Elizabeth Barhonovich Jackson County Adult Detention Center

A judge Wednesday set bond for the mother charged with murder in the hot car death of her 10-month-old son.

Elizabeth Marie Barhonovich, 28, is accused of leaving her son, Kash Barhonovich, in her car for an unknown amount of time while it was parked outside her home in the 14000 block of Arthur Avenue on June 14.

The high temperature that day was 89 degrees and the heat index, or what it felt like, was between 90 and 100 degrees that afternoon, said Danielle Manning with the National Weather Service in New Orleans. However, she said the temperature inside a vehicle can rise by 30 degrees within half an hour so it could have been well above 100 degrees in the car.

After a preliminary autopsy showed the boy's death was consistent with hyperthermia, or an elevated body temperature, authorities arrested her on a charge of second-degree murder.

Youth Judge Sharon Sigalas set bond at $50,000 on the murder charge. In addition, Barhonovich had bonds revoked as a result of a probation violation related to previous convictions in Harrison County and she was transferred to the Harrison County jail on Wednesday.

In September 2013, Barhonovich served time in the Harrison County jail following her conviction on a charge of second-offense DUI, jail records show.

In March 2015, she was back in the Harrison County jail following her indictment on an auto burglary charge, records say. And in January 2016, she was in the same jail serving time following her conviction for auto burglary.

Mississippi ranks 15 in the nation in the number of child hot car death, with a total of 19 deaths attributed to the cause since 1995, according to KidsandCars.org.

In South Mississippi, others have been charged with crimes related to their child's hot car death. The most recently high-profile hot car death was in 2016 when former Long Beach Police Officer Cassie Barker was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Cheyenne Hyer.

Margaret Baker 228-896-0538, margar45
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