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Visalia Police Say Child Dies After Being Left in Hot Car While Mother Tended to Pot Grow

by ECT

On June 3, 2021 at 5:47 p.m., Visalia Police officers and emergency services personnel were dispatched to the 100 block of W. Perez regarding a 3-year-old, later identified as Jessica Campos, who was not breathing after being left in a parked vehicle for an extended length of time.

An officer was on an unrelated call across the street from the residence and was on scene within seconds. The patrol officer took over CPR duties from family members who were trying to revive Jessica.

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.

Based on statements obtained by detectives, it is believed that Jessica was left in the vehicle for 2 ½ to 3 hours prior to being discovered. The outdoor temperature was determined to be at least 100 degrees at the time of the incident.

Statements obtained indicated that Jessica’s mother, Eustajia Mojica Dominguez, had been tending to a marijuana grow and processing marijuana during the time the child was left in the vehicle.

The Narcotics Unit and the Special Enforcement Unit were contacted to assist in the investigation for the marijuana related concerns. 70 mature marijuana plants, 80 immature marijuana plants, and approximately 475 pounds of processed marijuana were located at the residence.

Four other children, ages 15,11, and two that were 9 months old, were found at the residence. They were all turned over to Child Welfare Services.

Four additional adults were found to be at the residence at the time of the incident.

They were identified as:

  • Araceli Mojica
  • Emmanuel Ortiz-Aguilar
  • Valentin Aguilar Ortiz
  • Victor Flores Corona.

Araceli Mojica, Emmanuel Ortiz-Aguilar, Valentin Aguilar Ortiz, and Victor Flores Corona were all booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for 273a(a) PC, Child Endangerment.

Eustajia Dominguez Mojica was booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for 192(b) PC, Involuntary Manslaughter, and 273a(a) PC, Child Endangerment.

Drug charges related to the marijuana are being recommended to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office against all the adult suspects.

Police say the investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is urged to contact Det. Rob Meier at (559) 713-4211 or Det. Henry Martinez at (559) 713-4156.

Information released by Visalia Police Department

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4 comments

Street-Sweeper Jun 5, 2021 - 3:34 pm

JFC! This [email protected] needs to be shot!

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Diego Jun 5, 2021 - 8:37 pm

Castration should be part of the sentence

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Sandman Jun 6, 2021 - 8:12 pm

Bunch of stoners are now killing children. If the temperature outside is 100 degrees F, the one inside the car is most probably 140F+. Poor little girl!

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RC Jun 7, 2021 - 8:41 am

It is so sad that people leave children and pets in cars. It is also sad that people blame the substance/object and not the individual!
99% of the time Cannabis is less trouble that Alcohol.
And here: is the proof
https://wtamu.edu/~cbaird/sq/mobile/2013/08/02/what-is-the-most-harmful-drug-to-society/
BTW Cannabis is not mentioned, and why is that?

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