Plainview mom charged with murder in daughter's death

The Plainview mother accused of killing her disabled 8-year-old daughter last fall is now facing an upgraded charge of murder. Veronica Cirella had been charged

PLAINVIEW - The Plainview mother accused of killing her disabled 8-year-old daughter last fall is now facing an upgraded charge of murder. Veronica Cirella had been charged with manslaughter for allegedly feeding her daughter Julie candy she knew she was allergic to back in July. Julie had cerebral palsy and was allergic to peanuts. Cirella's attorney says his client woke up to find Julie dead hours before a relative's wedding, where the child was supposed to be the flower girl. He says Cirellla was so distressed by her death that she tried to kill herself. A suicide note that Cirella wrote, now in court evidence, makes references to the child's abusive, estranged father and reads in part, "I could not risk my daughter and I being in danger any more. I had to give her a better life, which was to give her back to heaven." Prosecutors insist the suicide note is an admission of guilt, as it implies Cirella deliberately killed her daughter and then tried to take her own life. However, a medical examiner found no trace of nuts in the child's system and has not released a conclusive cause of death. Cirella was ordered held without bail today and is due back in court next month.

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