Woman who left baby in hot car pleads guilty to child abuse

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – A San Diego woman who left her 4-month-old daughter
in a hot car while shopping in a National City clothing store last year pleaded
guilty Wednesday to felony child abuse.

Starley Cristal Geart, 26, also admitted an allegation that her actions
caused great bodily injury to her child.

Geart will be sentenced to probation and up to a year in jail on Nov. 5.

A maintenance worker and a customer of the clothing store on East Plaza
Boulevard reported seeing an infant strapped in a child seat in the back of a
parked sedan with its windows rolled up and doors locked shortly after 3 p.m.
on July 24, 2012, according to Sgt. Julian Villagomez.

Police and paramedics were called and found the baby unresponsive and
“sweating profusely” inside the vehicle and forced entry to get her out,
Villagomez said.

Paramedics were able to revive the infant, who apparently had been
locked in the vehicle for about 10 minutes. She was taken to Rady Children's
Hospital in San Diego, where she was treated, evaluated and released into
protective custody.

The temperature in the car was estimated to be 140 degrees, Deputy
District Attorney Harrison Kennedy said.

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