A 34-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder in the death of her baby girl who was allegedly left in a hot car for five hours in Torrance, California.
Lacey Mazzarella was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 2, at approximately 8:20 pm. She is accused of being in a nearby car, drinking while her 2-year-old daughter, June Love Augosto, was left in the car.
June later was found unconscious inside Mazzarella’s car during the early-morning hours and allegedly died shortly after 6 a.m. on Sept. 23, at a hospital.
Mazzarella said she left June in the car, alone, about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, then got into another vehicle nearby to drink alcohol with a friend, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
Before Mazzarella left, she also turned on the car’s heater and placed a blanket on June lap so her baby wouldn’t get cold, according to the coroner’s report.
Mazzarella fell asleep while drunk. she awoke and went back to her car at about 5 a.m. Sept. 22. Authorities said that’s when she found June unresponsive in her car seat. The coroner’s report details that June had vomit on her clothes and burns.
The report stated Mazzarella laid June on the lawn and sprayed her with a hose trying to revive her and cool her down.
June was then taken to the hospital with burns to her face, chest, and arms, as well as cloudiness in her eyes during a full cardiac arrest, the report said. “Her temperature upon arrival was 107.5 degrees.”
Investigators learned June’s mother had a history of drug abuse and lost custody of an older child six years ago due to neglect, the Norwich Bulletin reported.
Mazzarella is being held on $1 million bail, ABC7 reported.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.