Parents arrested after baby found dead in car

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EL CAJON, Calif. – The parents of a 4-month-old baby, who died after allegedly being left inside a parked car at an El Cajon apartment complex overnight, were arrested, authorities announced Sunday. 


El Cajon police investigate parking lot where an infant was found dead inside a car.

The child did not respond to paramedics’ rescue efforts and was taken to a hospital, where the baby died, police said. Its gender and name were not released, and police would not confirm a newspaper report that the infant was a boy.

According to police, the parents left the baby in their car overnight after returning from shopping on Friday. The infant was discovered in the vehicle by family members shortly before calling the police at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Both parents were arrested and later booked into the county jail. The father, 30-year-old Israel Soto, was charged with willful cruelty to a child with injury or death.

The 23-year-old mother, Jessica Quezada, was charged with willful cruelty to a child with injury or death and charged with possession of a control substance.

Child protective services took the couple’s three other children, ages 1 to 3-years-old, into custody.

San Diego County Medical Examiner Office has yet to determine the exact cause of death of the infant at this time. The incident remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should contact the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.


  • Local Blogger

    Say goodby to your 3 kids and goodby to your freedom. I wouldn't trust you guys to take care of a cactus.

  • Zach

    This is sad in so many ways. There is a reason that you're told as a parent to check the backseat everytime you exit the vehicle, reglardless of whether you know you don't have your child with you or not. It doesn't give you enough to go on, though the controlled substance rings a few bells.

    I am happy to see that the others were taken out of the home. I would understand if it was a few minutes, but not checking on your child all night is just incomprehendable.

    I'm sorry to see this child taken so young, but GOD's plan is rarley understood by those of us still living.

    • silly2

      The baby was left overnight and until 1:30 the next afternoon. This makes me so sick & sad! Why do stupid people have the most babies?

      • Gina Atkins

        EXACTLY! It seems like the stupider people are, the more fertile they are! This mom is 23 and had FOUR kids!!! I can't even wrap my head around the math!

      • Wendy N Barnes

        Those other kids did not sleep until 1:30 pm. So the parents were either drunk/stoned out of their minds, awake and not realizing they were missing a child. Or the other kids have been neglected as well. I hope they get adopted together to a caring, living family.

    • Wendy Barnes

      People using drugs are usually more interested in how they feel at the moment and not worried about others.

  • Warrior

    Stupid tweekers. I hope they get the max for killing that little baby. No way they didn't know he or she was in the car.

    • squaw833

      I agree – the baby was left in the car Friday night and not found until Saturday afternoon. They HAD 3 other children so they knew that the baby has to be fed every few hours. This sounds like it was done on purpose. There are so many people that want children and can't have them – why don't people that don't want their babies just take them to the hospital or police? It breaks my heart knowing that this little angel died all alone but I know he/she is now in the arms of God. All I can say – without being mean and nasty – is may God have mercy on your souls

  • John

    Damnnnnn stupid laws infant should sit on front of the car ….in Texas there was a teacher she forgot to drop her baby to sitter hot weather her baby die in car. Stupid dumb ass LAW…….doesn't matter where the baby should be facing they're inside a car is safe selt belt……dumb law motorcycle ride doesn't need to wear seat belt where is there safety…….damn law just want make earn extra cash in their pockets stupid who ever make those law……there is no justice when it come to law damn money hunger law police judge state city mess up society

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