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January 13, 2021: Mother Sentenced for Death of 2-Year-Old Daughter

Ricardo Santiago, Public Information Officer
(213) 257-2000

A Rancho Palos Verdes woman was sentenced today to 14 years and eight months in state prison for the death of her 2-year-old daughter she left alone in a car in 2019, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Lacey Ana Mazzarella, 35, pleaded no contest on October 20 to one count each of voluntary manslaughter, mayhem and child abuse resulting in death. 

Deputy District Attorney David Zygielbaum prosecuted the case. 

Just before midnight on Sept. 22, 2019, Mazzarella left June Love A. in a car in West Carson. The child was left covered with a blanket and the heater on while the defendant drank alcohol in another nearby vehicle until she passed out, the prosecutor said. 

When Mazzarella returned early the next morning, the child was dead and the engine and heater were still running, the prosecutor added. 

Case TA150231 was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.