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Tremonton man pleads guilty in daughter’s death after leaving her in car

By Tim Vandenack - | May 25, 2023

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OGDEN — The Tremonton man charged in the accidental death of his infant daughter after accidentally leaving her in a parked car in Ogden for several hours has pled guilty to negligent homicide.

Juan Nolazco, 44, pleaded guilty to the class A misdemeanor in 2nd District Court in Ogden on Wednesday, according to online court records. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will recommend no jail time but ask that Nolazco be required to take parenting classes. Moreover, prosecutors will agree to an early end to any apparent probation if Nolazco has committed no violations.

Sentencing is set for June 14.

As part of the plea deal, Nolazco admitted to causing the death of his 1-year-old daughter through negligence. “On date alleged, defendant accidentally left his child in the back seat of his car and his child passed away,” reads the plea deal.

Nolazco was tasked with dropping his kids off the morning of Sept. 22 last year before going to work at Ogden-Weber Community Action Partnership in Ogden, according to a probable cause statement in the case. When he returned to his vehicle after about seven hours of working, he discovered his daughter in the car.

“Juan said he takes multiple children to different schools and he forgot about taking (the girl) to daycare,” reads the probable cause statement. The child was taken to the hospital, where her core temperature measured 107 degrees, but she subsequently died.


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