CARSON (CBSLA) — The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died after she was allegedly left in a car with the heater running was charged with her daughter’s murder Friday.
Los Angeles County District Attorney David Zygielbaum said 34-year-old Lacey Ana Mazzarella, of Rancho Palos Verdes, faces one count each of murder and child neglect resulting in death.READ MORE: Deadly Multi-Vehicle Collision Strikes Apartment Building In Pacoima, Leaves 1 Dead, 5 Others Transported To Hospital
Mazzarella is accused of leaving her daughter, identified as June Love A., in a car in West Carson the evening of Sept. 22. Prosecutors say she returned early the next morning to find the child dead. The engine and heater were both left running, according to Zygielbaum.READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Among LAPD And LAFD Well Behind County Residents
If convicted as charged, Mazzarella faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 years to life in state prison.
Bail was requested at $1.15 million.MORE NEWS: Pursuit Suspect Attacks CHP Officers In Simi Valley
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case.