Woman Pleaded Guilty To Charges Of Child Cruelty

The mother of a 1-year-old girl who died after being left in a hot car in August of 2019 has pleaded guilty to the charges of child cruelty and endangerment this week.

NBC in Los Angeles reports that Pricilla Marquez Harris, age 24, of Tierrasanta, was charged with the death of her daughter, Scarlett Grace Harris, after an investigation by San Diego Police Department detectives.

On August 5, 2019, at approximately 1:00 P.M. 911 dispatchers received a call from Harris from her home located in the military housing development in the Tierrasanta neighborhood on Leary Street saying that she was unable to find her daughter. 

Harris called emergency dispatch again just five minutes later and said she had found her daughter unresponsive inside a car.

Unfortunately, when paramedics arrived at the home just one minute after the second call Harris placed, Scarlett had already died.

Detectives found after a review of the 911 calls placed by Harris that she had told dispatchers that she had taken Trazadone, an anti-depressant so that she could fall asleep.

Emergency crews were called to the Harris home just two days later for two adults who had possibly overdosed. Both the adults were taken to an area hospital for treatment.  Pricilla Harris was not one of them. However, she was taken to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

San Diego Police arrested Pricilla Harris on September 19, 2019, for child endangerment and at least two other felony charges.

Harris appeared before the court on Wednesday, February 5th, and pleaded guilty to the charges.


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