Mom who left toddler daughter in locked car with heater on for hours, killing her, will head to prison after pleading no contest to reduced charge

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died last year has pleaded no contest to multiple charges and will be sentenced to 14 years in prison.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, June Love Agosto was pronounced dead in September 2019 after her mother left her inside a locked car with a heater on a blanket placed over her for five hours in an unincorporated area outside Torrance, California. The mother, Lacey Ana Mazzarella, reportedly lied to police initially, saying that she had only left her daughter in the car, parked in front of a friend’s house, for a few minutes. But investigators eventually learned that June was in the car for five hours while her mother was in a nearby car with a friend, drinking alcohol, before she fell asleep.

Mazzarella, 35, told police that when she woke up and went to her daughter, June was unresponsive, covered in vomit, and had skin peeling off her back. June reportedly had a temperature of 107.5 degrees when she arrived at a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A week after June’s death, her mother was arrested on suspicion of murder.

According to the Daily Breeze, Mazzarella pleased no contest this week to lesser charges of  voluntary manslaughter, mayhem, and child abuse resulting in death. Representatives from the district attorney’s office reportedly said that Mazzarella is expected to be sentenced to 14 years and 8 months in prison.

Her sentencing hearing is set for January, according to the report.

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