Toddler dies after being left in hot car while mom tended to marijuana plants, police say
VISALIA, CA – A 3-year-old girl is dead and her mother has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter after investigators in California say she left the child in a hot car while she tended to a marijuana grow.
Police in Visalia responded to the call of a child who was not breathing after being left in a parked vehicle for an extended period of time, according to investigators.
Police detectives say they believe the child, now identified as Jessica Campos, was left in the vehicle for up to three hours before anyone discovered her. Investigators say the outdoor temperature was at least 100 degrees at the time.
An officer who was on an unrelated call nearby responded to the scene and took over CPR from family members who were trying to revive the child.
When fire and ambulance personnel arrived they took over the efforts and the child was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead, investigators say.
According to investigators, Jessica’s mother had been tending to a marijuana grow and processing marijuana during the time the child was left inside the vehicle.
Five people have now been arrested including Jessica’s mother Eustajia Dominguez Mojica, 28, and four other adults found in the residence at the time: Araceli Mojica, 33; Emmanuel Ortiz-Aguilar, 34; Valentin Aguilar Ortiz, 27; and Victor Flores Corona, 41.
Mojica, Ortiz-Aguilar, Ortiz, and Corona were booked for charges of child endangerment.
Eustajia Dominguez Mojica, the child’s mother, has been booked for charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment.
Baby dies after being left in day care van
JACKSONVILLE, FL – After a 4-month-old baby found unconscious Wednesday afternoon in a van at a Westside day care died, the co-owner of the center was arrested, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said.
Darryl Ewing, 56, was booked into the Duval County jail at 8:18 p.m. on a charge of child neglect, according to online jail records.
Police said the infant girl was found still in a child safety seat inside the van at Ewing’s Love and Hope Preschool on Lenox Avenue about 1 p.m, nearly five hours after the vehicle used to pick up children was parked out front.
Jacksonville firefighters tried to revive the baby and took her to Wolfson Children’s Hospital, but the child could not be saved.
“Tragically, today a family has just been notified of the gut-wrenching loss of their precious baby girl,” Department of Children and Families Secretary Chad Poppell said. “DCF immediately opened a joint child death and child care licensing investigation in coordination with law enforcement. We will continue to support this family as they mourn the loss of their baby girl.”
Police said the center cares for about 14 children and no other children were injured.
Investigators said they learned Darryl Ewing was the driver of the day care van that picked up the infant and other children earlier Wednesday morning and no other employees were on the van. According to detectives, the van arrived at the day care about 8:25 a.m., and children were off-loaded and taken into the center.
Investigators said Darryl Ewing then parked the van in front of the day care and left the vehicle unattended with the 4-month-old still strapped in her car seat in the third row of the van.
At 1:03 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Office, the infant’s mother called to make after-school arrangements for all of her children and it was discovered the baby had never been checked into the day care. Police said day care employees went to the van and discovered the infant still strapped in her child seat, unresponsive, and called emergency services.
Throughout the afternoon, the building was surrounded by police tape, officers, evidence technicians and homicide detectives, including the JSO chief of investigations.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, further investigation revealed that Darryl Ewing was responsible for maintaining a separate driver’s log documenting all children that are placed onto the van, which was separate from the parental log signed by parents. Detectives viewed the driver’s log, which they said showed Darryl Ewing had logged in two of the infant’s siblings, but not the infant.
Police said they learned, based on interviews with other day care center employees, that it is the van driver’s responsibility to check and make sure children are offloaded from the van at the day care center.
“It was determined the suspect’s actions (and lack thereof) failed to provide the victim with the necessary supervision and provide services to protect the victim’s physical health, all which was essential to the victim’s well-being and contributed to the death of the victim,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Darryl Ewing refused to talk with detectives when he was taken to the police station to be interviewed and that’s when he was arrested. Police identified him as the co-owner of the day care center, though the day care’s website lists Darryl Ewing as the director.
Duval County jail records show he has been arrested at least four previous times.
The state said will be immediately suspending the day care center’s license because it wasn’t aware children were being transported.
While the center has a valid license with DCF since 2016 and inspectors have not found any Class I violations in its quarterly inspections, the agency said it didn’t know the day care center was transporting children, so it never monitored transportation standards.
The state said parents have already been contacted to let them know the center’s license is being pulled.
The other owner of the business, Gloryian Ewing was arrested 18 months ago on two counts of child abuse. While those charges involved her own teenage children — police said they were beaten with an extension cord — she was arrested at the day care center in December 2017.
After Gloryian Ewing, 51, completed a pretrial intervention, the charges were dropped.
DCF records show the center’s license was not affected by the owner’s legal troubles. The center had no violations in its last three quarterly inspections by the DCF — most recently on April 15.
The last time inspectors found any issues at the facility was last July when the report noted a lack of documentation of worker training and outdoor equipment, and field trip forms were not available for review. Since the center has been open, the facility has received two Class II and 13 Class II violations.
News4Jax meteorologists estimated that the temperature inside an enclosed vehicle parked in the sun at midday Wednesday could have reached 123 degrees.
A woman who lives in the neighborhood didn’t want to give her name but said her children used to attend this day care center and her heart breaks for the baby’s family.
“Luckily they were grade-school age, but they were left on that same day care van,” the woman told News4Jax. “It’s sad. I just wish that day care was shut down. It really, it’s not the best day care.”
Another woman who works at a different child care center calls it a tragedy.
“It’s just heartbreaking right now to know that a child has lost its life,” Lisa Brown said. “Just coming to day care and being taken care of and not returning home. I think about my own grandkids.”
The Sheriff’s Office and DCF continue to investigate the infant’s death.
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The second of twin infants found unresponsive in a vehicle Thursday has died, according to police in Chesterfield County, Virginia.
The 5-month-old twins were found unresponsive around 2:30 p.m. in an SUV in the 2400 block of Alfalfa Lane near Jefferson Davis Highway, according to WTVR.
Police, along with Chesterfield County Fire and EMS responded to the scene and transported the children to Chippenham Hospital.
One of the children was pronounced dead at the hospital Thursday afternoon. The other child died several hours later.
The children, according to neighbors were a boy and a girl.
A woman who lives a few doors down defended the children’s parents through tears.
“They go to work, they come home to their kids. They’re not any trouble, they’re awesome,” the woman, who declined to be identified, said.
“It’s tragic what happened, I don’t even know how to help them with their pain. It was certainly not an intentionally negligent act, it was a horrific mistake that can never be erased,” said another neighbor, Donna Gusti, who also works with both parents at a nearby Waffle House.
The woman who lives next door to the family said the wife was at work Thursday afternoon when she called her.
“His wife called me at 2 p.m. to wake him up to come and get her from work and that’s when everything happened,” the neighbor said. “That’s when he found the babies in the car.”
She believes the husband just forgot the babies remained in the car when he got home from dropping his wife off at work.
A Child was lost in January, and this second was February 28, 2017, in front of a daycare where his half-sister has worked for the last six months, in Brandon, Florida.
People point fingers to Law Makers, Car Manufacturers, and even mobile phone app developers.
I knew a lot of people text while driving, but I wanted to make a point here, so I checked out how many states have texting laws.
Currently, 46 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers.
SMART PHONES DO MORE THAN TEXT
I can’t imagine anyone walking in front of a bus while texting or playing a game.
NOW HEAR THIS, all smart phones have an app, which is called CALENDAR, or one closely associated which handles your to-do list, or TASKS.
Tasks are really no different than texts, and I know everyone knows how to text. I log over 1500 texts every month, but up until last summer when Blair Corbett, Ark of Hope for Children, and I were talking about this very thing, I had never set a TASK in my phone.
OK, your wife asks you to drop the baby off at “Mother’s Day Out” on your way to work tomorrow, which is 8:30am, because you clock-in at 9:00am sharp;
Set Task in your phone to “Drop The Baby at Mother’s Day Out” for the proper date and time. (Make sure the NOTIFICATION is ON.)
No matter where you are, when that alarm goes off, HIT THE SLEEPER, now you are probably saying “How do I hit the sleeper if I am driving”. You use voice commands, OR you wait until you stop, or you pull into a 7-11 and park, kill your engine, select “SNOOZE”, buckle up, fire the motor back up and drive, because you have 5 minutes until SNOOZE.
Continue to hit snooze until the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out, and you are back in your vehicle, ready to finish the drive to work.
Now you can hit dismiss, and put a check mark in the little box, because the Baby is safely at Mother’s Day Out.
I can’t imagine anyone forgetting one of their Children.
Speaking of that, this is a very good article on the subject: