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Florida mom accused when daughter, 2, dies in hot car

Posted at 10:11 AM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 10:11:16-04

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a 36-year-old Florida woman slept as her 2-year-old daughter died in a car parked outside her apartment.

The Pensacola News Journal reports Jessica Monell faces charges of homicide-neglect manslaughter, child neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Escambia County Sheriff's Maj. Andrew Hobbs says Monell arrived at the Aqua Porta Apartments around 6 a.m. Wednesday and went inside. She left Joy Monell in the car until she woke up shortly before 4 p.m.

Hobbs says investigators found three bags containing suspected crystal meth and other drugs in Monell's home.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded a heat index of 82 degrees in Pensacola on Wednesday.

A lawyer wasn't listed for Morell.


Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal,