Toddler dead after being left in hot car while mom tended to drugs

VISALIA, Calif. — A toddler died after being left alone for nearly three hours inside a vehicle on a scorching hot summer day while her mother tended to marijuana plants, police said Friday.

Jessica Campos, 3, was exposed to extreme temperatures on Thursday while her mother, Eustajia Dominguez Mojica, 28, left her unattended in the car, Visalia police Sgt. Mike Verissimo said. At the time, the outdoor temperature in San Joaquin Valley was at least 100 degrees.

Mojica, who faces charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, told detectives she left her daughter in the car while tending to a marijuana grow and processing the plants, Verissimo said.

Jessica became the 64th child to die since 1990 in California after being left in a hot car, according to KidsAndCars.org, which tracks the tragic incidents.

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