McFarland, Carter appear in consecutive court hearings


A woman charged with child neglect faces the same judge as the man accused of causing a crash that killed her two other children and their father.

Both Frederick McFarland and Janae Carter had hearings this afternoon in Vanderburgh County Superior Court.

This twist of fate stretches back to a police chase nearly two years ago, only for their paths to cross yet again in court.

The hearings were done back-to-back.

One hearing by video conference. Another done in person. Two lives forever connected by tragedy.

McFarland still waits for a trial. He’s charged with causing the deaths of two children, Prince and Princess Carter, along with Terrence Barker in a 2017 crash near Linwood and Monroe Avenues while he was fleeing from police. 

Janae Carter and her unborn child survived.

McFarland was supposed to stand trial nearly two months ago, but it was delayed for the third time.
Prosecutors charged McFarland as being a habitual offender, a charge his lawyer are still appealing.

The next hearing, in the same courtroom as McFarland, was for Carter, the mother of the two children killed that night.

She’s charged with neglect of a dependent.

Authorities say her daughter was taken to the hospital by a family member earlier this year for bruises, and Carter claimed she didn’t know how she got them. Carter contacted Eyewitness News and said she was the one who took the child to a hospital, not a family member.

The judge granted her supervised visitation with the child. Carter, like McFarland, still awaits a trial date.

Both McFarland and Carter are scheduled to be back in court on August 6 but on separate times.

We reached out to the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office for comment, but they declined, saying they don’t comment on ongoing cases.

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(This story was originally published on June 11, 2019)

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