A California mother allegedly left her 3-year-old daughter to bake in a hot car while she tended to marijuana plants, police said Friday.
Little Jessica Campos was left in the parked vehicle for up to three hours Thursday before being discovered, Visalia Police said in a press release.
The temperature in the car “was determined to be at least 100 degrees at the time of the incident” and left the toddler unable to breathe, cops said.
Her mother, Eustajia Mojica Dominguez, was allegedly tending to and processing a cannabis growing operation during the time her daughter was in the car, according to the release.
Family members and responding officers performed CPR on the girl to try and revive her. She was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead.
Dominguez, 28, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment in connection with her daughter’s death, police said.
Four other children, including two infants, were at the residence containing the grow operation, where 475 pounds of processed pot and 150 plants were found, according to investigators.
The kids were turned over to child welfare services, and four adults at the home were charged with child endangerment, cops said.
Police are recommending that prosecutors also file drug charges against the suspects.
Under California law, recreational marijuana is legal, but unlicensed growers can only harvest up to six cannabis plants.