Mom charged in connection to death of Plainview girl

PLAINVIEW - A woman found unconscious next to the body of her 8-year-old daughter in Plainview has been charged with manslaughter in connection to the child's death.

Police say the grandmother of Julie Cirella discovered a gruesome scene when she went downstairs to check on Julie and her mother, 31-year-old Veronica Cirella, before a wedding.

Authorities say the child's mother was found lying semi-conscious on the floor with a cord wrapped around her neck, not far from her daughter's lifeless body.

Veronica Cirella is at Nassau University Medical Center, where she was arraigned bedside on a charge of 2nd-degree manslaughter.

Authorities said the child was believed to have cerebral palsy. She was supposed to be a flower girl in her cousin's wedding. Cause of death is pending. AP wire services were used in this report.

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