As temperatures soared across California, a three-year-old girl struggled against the heat. Jessica Campos had been left in the car while her mother went to work on a cannabis farm. However, the three-year-old girl was found not breathing by the Visalia Police Department after she was stuck in the hot car for about three hours, where the temperature outside the vehicle soared to 100 degrees Fahrenheit – and it was even hotter inside the car where little Jessica was trapped for hours.
The dead girl’s mother, 28-year-old Eustajia Mojica Dominguez, has been arrested. She decided to leave the toddler in the car alone while going to work on the weed farm. Police believe that Dominquez was working on her large marijuana farm while the little girl struggled to breath in the blisteringly hot car.
Authorities believe that the temperature inside the car became so hot that the little girl would no longer have been able to breathe. She is thought to have suffocated to death inside the hot car.
An officer had been responding to an unrelated call across the street when the police were called to come help the non-responsive Jessica. The officer immediately took over for family members and began administering CPR to the little girl, but Jessica was not able to be revived. It was a very sad scene.
Police released a statement that said in part, “Once Fire Department and ambulance personnel arrived on scene, they took over life saving measures. Jessica was transported by ambulance to Kaweah Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased. The Violent Crimes Unit responded to take over the investigation.”
Detectives learned that Jessica was likely trapped inside the car for at least two-and-a-half or three hours before she was discovered. Her mother confessed that she was tending to marijuana plants while her daughter struggled for breath inside the hot car.
Because of the presence of drugs, the Narcotics Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit arrived and found “70 mature marijuana plants, 80 immature marijuana plants, and approximately 475 pounds of processed marijuana were located at the residence,” according to the statement from the Visalia Police Department.
Jessica was not the only child who was at the marijuana farm. Four other children – age 15, age 11, and two that were nine-months-old – were all at the weed farm and have been turned over to Child Welfare Services because of the incident.
Jessica’s mother has been arrested on charges of involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment. She was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility. Police are also urging the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office to charge all of the adults at the cannabis farm with drug charges. The investigation continues but Jessica will never breathe again.
The four other adults at the Tulare County weed farm were identified as Araceli Mojica, 33, Emmanuel Ortiz-Aguilar, 34, Valentin Aguilar Ortiz, 27, and Victor Flores Corona, 41.
In California, recreational marijuana is legal however it is illegal to harvest marijuana from more than six plants without a license. The farm was a much bigger operation than that.
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