3-year-old suffocates in car–inside the vehicle may have topped 140 degrees

The child's mother arrested as she was harvesting marijuana grow

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Authorities in California have arrested a 28-year-old mother whose 3-year-old daughter died last week after being left in a hot car for more than two hours.

Temperatures hit 100 degrees on Thursday when police allege Eustajia Mojica Dominguez left her toddler daughter, Jessica Campos, in her vehicle while she tended to illegal marijuana grow.

A statement from Visalia Police alleges officers were called to a home just before 6 p.m. on Thursday on reports of a little girl who wasn’t breathing.

Police arrived and performed CPR on Jessica and rushed her to Kaweah Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Based on statements obtained by detectives, Jessica was left in the vehicle for 2 ½ to 3 hours. The outdoor temperature was determined to be at least 100 degrees at the time of the incident. “Some scientists estimate temperatures in a car can surpass 140 degrees on 100-degree days.

Police seized 70 mature marijuana plants, 80 immature marijuana plants, and about 200 lbs. of processed marijuana inside the house where the car had been parked. In California, residents are allowed to own six mature marijuana plants. Source: PEOPLE.com

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