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Cause of death ‘deferred’ for 2-year-old girl who suffered and died after mother left her in car with heater turned on while she went to drink alcohol

The Los Angeles County Coroner has yet to make a determination on the cause of death of a 2-year-old girl who died on or around September 23 after she was left in a heated car for five hours.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, June Love Agosto was found unresponsive in West Carson, California, after her mother left her in a car, turning on the heater and placing a blanket on the child. After initially claiming she had only left the girl alone for a few minutes, the mother admitted to police that she had gone into another car with a friend, drank alcohol, and eventually fell asleep. When she returned to her daughter after about five hours, June was unresponsive and covered in vomit with skin coming off her back, according to documents obtained by KTLA.

On Tuesday morning, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CrimeOnline that the girl’s mother was not in police custody as of the night before. On Wednesday morning, a public information officer at the sheriff’s department declined to provide any further information and did not directly answer a question about whether the mother was in custody, saying only, “We do not have any updates at this time.”

An investigator with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner told CrimeOnline on Wednesday that the coroner had not made a conclusion about the toddler’s cause of death. The cause of death is currently listed as “deferred,” the investigator said.

A probable reason for a cause of death determination to be deferred is if additional testing, like toxicology, is required before a coroner can come to a conclusion. The investigator who spoke to CrimeOnline did not have information about what tests the medical examiner had ordered.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

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[Feature image: June Love Augosto/GoFundMe]