Man Accused Of Leaving Child In Hot Car Released With An Ankle Monitor

A Redding man accused of leaving his toddler in his hot car will return to court later this month. Last week a plea disposition and a preliminary hearing for 24-year-old Jose Woodcock Serna were both postponed so his defense could review the case. On August 4th, when it was over a Hundred Degrees, Serna had a two-hour court-ordered visitation with his 2-year-old daughter, and met with the child’s maternal grandfather at the Redding Police Station to pick her up at 3:30PM. Two hours later the grandmother went to the police station to pick up the child but Serna hadn’t shown up. Eventually the family went to Serna’s home. They rang the doorbell and knocked, with no response, then they peered through the tinted windows of Serna’s car and saw that the toddler was inside, so they broke a window and pulled her out. They say she was unresponsive and limp, showing signs of heatstroke. The family called 9-1-1 and police and medical responded. Officers tried to talk to Serna but he would not come outside. An arrest warrant was acquired and he was taken into custody the next day. He was then released with an ankle monitor. He faces a charge of child abuse likely to cause great bodily injury or death. He’ll be back in court on the 26th.