A 4-month-old baby who was left in a hot car overnight in San Diego died over the weekend.
The baby was left unattended outside an apartment complex in San Diego’s El Cajon area, and was found Saturday at 1:30 pm. Police were called to the scene and the infant — who was unresponsive — was given CPR before being transported to Grossmont Hospital.
It was 80 degrees in El Cajon when the baby was found.
The baby’s father, 30-year-old Israel Soto, was booked into San Diego Centrail Jail on one charge of willful cruelty to a child resulting in injury/death. The baby’s mother, 23-year-old Jessica Quezada, was booked into Las Colinas Detention Facility on charges of willful cruelty to a child resulting in death and possession of a controlled substance.
Soto and Quezada both posted bail Monday, and are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, August 9.
The El Cajon Police Department said that the parents left the baby in the car after returning from a shopping trip Friday night.
“Through the course of their investigation [officials] learned that the parents had gone shopping the previous afternoon, left the child in the car and another family member discovered the child at 1:30 p.m. the next day,” said Lt. Walt Miller. “Overnight would be a long time. You don’t see that often.”
Sadly, children being left in hot cars has been all too common this summer. In Ontario, Leslie McDonald was charged with criminal negligence after her grandson, Maximus Huyskens, died from heat stroke after being left in a car for “an extended period of time” in 90 degree weather. In Virginia, a mother was charged with felony child neglect after she forgot to drop off her 8-month-old son and drove directly to work. The baby was left in the car for six hours when his mother, Zoraida Magali Conde Hernandez, found him. He died of heat stroke at INOVA Alexandria Hospital.