Mom charged in connection to death of Plainview girl

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.

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.

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 1 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women
Police officers stand guard on a road leading 2 UK Parliament resumes, holds minute's silence after attack
The arena in Uniondale opens April 5 with 3 Rebuilt Nassau Coliseum to feature express parking lanes
During World War II, Sophie Sarro, from Huntington 4 Long Island's 'Rosie the Riveter' turns 103
A growing number of Long Islanders are jumping 5 Goin' Vegan: National trend growing on LI

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE