Woman Gets 25 Years For Hot Vehicle Death Of Her 2-Year Old Child

July 16, 2021

An Escambia County woman was sentenced to 25 years in state prison Thursday for the hot car death of her child. The child spent about nine hours in the vehicle.

Jessica Lynn Monell, 38, entered a plea of no contest to aggravated manslaughter of a child and child neglect. She previously entered no contest pleas to multiple charges involving possession of controlled substances and paraphernalia.

On April 10, 2019, Monell’s two-year-old child was found deceased in Monell’s van parked outside the home. The subsequent investigation revealed that Monell had ingested methamphetamine and forgot to remove her child from the van. The child was strapped in her car seat from approximately 6 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The medical examiner determined that the child’s cause of death was hyperthermia. At the scene, Monell consented to a blood draw and methamphetamine was found in her blood.

A search warrant was executed on the home and various drugs and paraphernalia were found. The child’s autopsy report revealed that the child had a trace amount of methamphetamine in her system as well.


9 Responses to “Woman Gets 25 Years For Hot Vehicle Death Of Her 2-Year Old Child”

  1. William L on July 18th, 2021 8:43 pm

    @David hule Green, great post, glad someone is looking at this with some sense. She will suffer with this for the rest of her life, regardless of whether or not she’s in prison.

  2. Wise Years on July 17th, 2021 1:46 pm

    After 7 years they will petition the court and get her released…note…child still dead.

  3. David Huie Green on July 16th, 2021 10:55 pm

    She did a horrible thing.
    She gave her life to drugs.
    Drugs demanded a human sacrifice.
    Her child died a horrible death.
    There is no evidence she intended what happened.
    I doubt she would do it again or that she ever thought it might happen in the first place.
    Others will do it again, though.
    Someone will tell them drugs are harmless or alcohol isn’t really a drug or that it isn’t addictive or this will just give them a high or some similar sales pitch.
    And they will pass out while driving or “watching” the kids.
    And somebody else will die.
    Not someday. TOMORROW. And the next day and the next and the next and…
    You will barely — if at all — notice.
    At least she hates what she did and admits her guilt.
    For those yet to come, history tells us their friends will defend them, say, “That’s why they call them accidents,” or, “Everybody drinks a little and drives,” or some other excuse for whichever drug was involved.
    No, please don’t fantasize about killing her or torturing her.
    She did what she did because she sold herself to drugs; what would your excuse be?

    David for safer children,
    loving, careful parents

  4. beth on July 16th, 2021 10:12 pm

    Yep, keep her cool in the AC! Take good care of her. Makes me sick!

  5. what the heck on July 16th, 2021 4:29 pm

    Give her the chair !!!!! Let her fry!!!!! What kind of person give meth to a freaking child freaking dope head!!

  6. Jon on July 16th, 2021 10:30 am

    Strap her in a hot can and let her feel what the child felt

  7. Chris J Paul on July 16th, 2021 10:05 am

    Eye for an eye..
    thats what I say

  8. Chris on July 16th, 2021 7:57 am

    The child died in heat.
    She will live on our tax dollars in AC.
    Let that sink in.

  9. Tiger on July 16th, 2021 7:11 am

    That woman received a light sentence.

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