A Rancho Palos Verdes woman, whose 2-year-old daughter died after being left in a car with the heater on while she drank alcohol nearby, was sentenced to nearly 15 years in prison on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.
Lacey Ana Mazzarella, 35, left June Love Agosto in a car seat in her car in a parking lot in an unincorporated part of the county near Torrance and Carson on Sept. 22, 2019. June was left in the car for nearly five hours with the heater on, while Mazzarella drank in a friend’s vehicle nearby and then fell asleep, according to a Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office report.
When Mazzarella woke up the next morning, she went to the car – which was still running – and found June unresponsive, the report said. She laid her daughter on a lawn and sprayed water on her in an attempt to cool her, when authorities were called.
When June arrived at the hospital, her temperature was 107.5 degrees and she died of heatstroke, according to the report.
Mazzarella’s sentencing to 14 years and eight months in prison comes a few months after she pleaded no contest to one count each of voluntary manslaughter, mayhem and child abuse resulting in death, the District Attorney’s office said. She was arrested a few days after the incident and initially charged with murder.