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Parents of baby who died while left in car overnight plead not guilty

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EL CAJON (CNS) - The parents of a 4-month-old boy who died after being left in a car overnight at an El Cajon apartment complex pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony child endangerment charges.

Israel Soto, 30, and Jessica Quezada, 23, were arrested about 9:45 p.m. July 27.

Their son, Giovanni Soto, was found unresponsive in a car seat the next day. An El Cajon police officer unsuccessfully tried to revive the child, who was declared dead at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Deputy District Attorney Carlos Campbell told Judge Allan Preckel the defendants came home to their apartment about 10:30 p.m. after going to Walmart.

The couple took their three other children -- 1, 2 and 3 years old -- into the apartment but left the baby boy in the car, Campbell said.

Soto and Quezada let the three children sleep in their bed, but no one realized Giovanni was missing until about 1 p.m. the next day, when the parents woke up, and an uncle found the baby unresponsive in the car, Campbell said.

"The mother and the father both did nothing over those 15 hours to make sure that they had a 4-month-old in their care," the prosecutor said outside court.

The baby's body temperature was 107 degrees when he was found, Campbell said.

In the family's apartment, police found methamphetamine and a pipe in Quezada's purse. She admitted smoking pot the night they left the baby, Campbell said.

Police found one child safety seat in the couple's vehicle, even though all four children were required to ride in one, according to the prosecutor.

In addition to child endangerment causing death, Quezada is charged with felony possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of having a meth pipe. She faces up to 12 years and eight months in prison if convicted.

Soto faces up to 12 years in prison, according to Campbell.

Both were convicted of burglary in 2010, the prosecutor said.

They remain free on $100,000 bail and due back in court on Aug. 23 for a readiness conference. A preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 24.

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