Mother of baby killed when left in hot vehicle sentenced to 10-year prison term

EL CAJON (KUSI) – 3:08 p.m. – A 10-year prison term has been handed down for the mother of a 4- month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car for 14 hours outside their El Cajon apartment.

Jessica Quezada, 24, was convicted in July of felony child abuse and drug counts.

2:30 p.m. – The mother of a 4-month-old boy who died after being left in a hot car for 14 hours outside their El Cajon apartment is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.

Jessica Quezada, 24, was convicted in July of felony child abuse and drug counts.

Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell said the infant was "completely abandoned” as his parents slept in the morning of July 27, 2013.

Authorities said Giovanni Soto’s body temperature was 107 degrees when he was discovered.

"He (Giovanni) died because his parents did nothing, and had a duty to do everything,” the prosecutor said in his opening statement. "This is not a tragic accident. This could have been avoided.”

A jury acquitted the baby’s father, Israel Soto, of child abuse.

Campbell said the defendants arrived at their apartment on North Mollison Avenue around 10:30 p.m. on July 26. 

Quezada’s brother closed the back door to the parents’ car before coming inside, and neither Soto nor Quezada checked on their son, despite the fact that Quezada and her brother smoked marijuana six feet away from the car, Campbell alleged.

The next day, Quezada was awake for 30 minutes before asking about her baby’s whereabouts, according to the prosecutor. Campbell said Quezada’s brother found his nephew unresponsive in the hot car, and Giovanni died despite efforts to revive him.

Officers later found methamphetamine in Quezada’s purse and she had meth in her system at the time, Campbell told the jury.

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