Baby harmed by substance in Costa Mesa recovering 

Orange County Central Jail in Santa Ana.
(Scott Smeltzer / Staff Photographer)

A 10-month-old baby who ingested a foreign substance in Costa Mesa that left the girl hospitalized was recovering today, while her father was behind bars and charged with child abuse.

Jovany Armando Encisosolorio pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the felony count of child abuse and denied a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury on a child younger than 5. Encisosolorio is due back in court July 7 in the West Justice Center in Westminster for a pretrial hearing.

Investigators were awaiting crime lab test results to determine what the baby ingested, so it remains unclear if the substance was drugs or something else, according to Kimberly Edds, a spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office.

The baby fell unconscious and was rushed to a nearby hospital but is recovering, Edds said.

The defendant is accused of harming the girl on Saturday, according to court records.

Encisosolorio pleaded guilty to robbery in January 2010 and was sentenced to two years in prison. He also pleaded guilty to carrying a dirk or dagger in February 2013 and was sentenced to 16 months in prison and pleaded guilty to leading police on a chase in February 2015 and was sentenced to two years in prison, according to court records.

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2:36 p.m. June 29, 2022: This story was updated to include information about the condition of the child allegedly abused by her father.