| Crime |

Mother Gets Five Years Probation For Leaving Son in Hot Car to Die

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Elizabeth Cuesta has plead guilty to manslaughter for events that lead up to the death of her 18-month-old son back in May of 2009. The child was left inside Cuesta's pickup truck in the parking lot of a PetSmart where Cuesta worked. The plea bargain means that Cuesta will not face any jail time.

Cuesta's child was found dead inside the car that afternoon after being trapped inside during the hot day. Cuesta claimed she thought she had dropped the child off at daycare before work like she usually did, but apparently it had slipped her mind that day. Unfortunately, the accident ended tragically.

At the time, she was charged with manslaughter and culpable negligence, and could have faced up to 30 years in prison.

Instead, she took a plea deal today, and will only face five years of probation. The sentence could be terminated after two-and-half years if Cuesta demonstrates good behavior.

"Consider the facts and the law and the mental anguish of going through a trial like this for a mother who was involved in her son's death. It's a very traumatic experience," Cuesta's attorney tells JustNews. "There's a risk factor, and the plea was extremely reasonable."

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.