http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/vic...eath_year.htmlA man who was high on methamphetamine when his toddler climbed into the family car and died of heat exhaustion was sentenced Friday on charges of felony child endangerment.
Judge Bridgid McCann sentenced Jason Andrew Morris to a suspended six-year prison term, a year in county jail, and felony probation with several conditions attached. Morris, 25, of Hesperia, previously pleaded guilty to the felony child endangerment charge.
In June 2007, Morris, 25, was passed out from doing meth most of the night at his home in the 16400 block of Olive Street in Hesperia, records show. His 3-year-old Justin wandered out of the house and climbed into the family car.
Deputy District Attorney David Foy said that Morris admitted he “crashed” from the meth high and fell asleep around 10 a.m.
Morris said he didn’t wake up until his brother came by the house at about 3 p.m. and woke him up.
According to court records they began searching for the boy and found him dead in the front seat of their Saturn.
Temperatures that day hit nearly 100 degrees. When rescue personnel arrived, the temperature inside the car had soared to 175.
The toddler, who had been in the car for about five hours, died of third-degree burns.