BROOKSVILLE — A 39-year-old Spring Hill mother whose 9-month-old son died last year after she left him in a hot car has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Cami Lee Moyer pleaded no contest to charges of third-degree murder and child neglect on Oct. 28 as part of a plea deal, according to court records. Hernando Circuit Judge Daniel B. Merritt Jr. then adjudicated her guilty of the charges and handed down the sentence. She will get credit for the 19 months she has already spent in the county jail, records show.
The 9-month-old, Keyton O’Callaghan, was found unconscious in the back of her car at about 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 17, 2018. Keyton’s father and Moyer’s boyfriend, Eric O’Callaghan, found the child still strapped into a car seat in Moyer’s Chevrolet Cruze, parked outside her house.
The baby was rushed to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
O’Callaghan told deputies then that Moyer was supposed to pick him up from work in Tampa the night of Aug. 16, and was supposed to bring Keyton and their other child with her. But she never showed up.
When he arrived at her house the next morning, he found the baby still in the car, the windows closed and the doors locked. He told deputies that he performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
A Hernando County sheriff’s deputy chastised Moyer earlier that summer after she left Keyton and her 4-year-old daughter alone in her car in a gas station parking lot, according records. She was not arrested in that incident.
Two months after her child died, she was arrested in October 2018.
In January, a judge ordered a psychological evaluation and a competency hearing for Moyer, according to court records, but she was found competent to stand trial. That trial had been set to start later this month.